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6 Things To Do On A Date In The Design District

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I might be a bit biased, but I think there a few other neighborhoods in the city outside of the Design District that can offer such an eclectic mix of things to do without ever leaving the zip code. With more and more businesses opening in the area every day, the old Trinity Industrial District has a little something for everyone, and, if you’re with the right person, it can all seem kind of romantic. That said, here’s how to have a killer date in the 75207:

954647_462465133837891_1577930118_n1. Local Beer. Start with a brewery tour at Community Beer Company, Peticolas, or, if you’re really planning ahead, the soon-to-open Reunion Brewing Company. Community has tours every Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., sometimes with live music and local art, and it’s only $8 for four beer tickets. They also have Beer School every other Saturday if you want to add an educational element to your date. Peticolas is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1 to 3 p.m, and is $10 for 3 tickets. We’ll keep you posted on Reunion’s opening schedule, but until then you can follow them on Facebook to see what’s going on.


2. Art. Luckily, the brewery tours end right in time for Dragon Street’s gallery walk, which takes place on one Saturday evening a month. During the walk, most galleries will open their doors from 5 to 8 p.m. to debut their latest exhibits, complete with complimentary wine and beer. If you miss the Dragon Street walk (there’s one tomorrow evening, June 29th), you can do a little art walk of your own. Most of the galleries are open until 5 or 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and there’s some cool public art in the Design District you can check out as well. Impress your date by showing him or her the JMR murals behind 1130 Dragon Street and on the Dallas Contemporary Museum, or the Shepard Fairey mural at 141 Glass Street.


JMR finishing his mural at 1130 Dragon St. in Fall 2012; Shepard Fairey’s mural at 141 Glass St.

3. Dinner. There’s no shortage of options when it comes to good restaurants in the Design District.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, I would stick to PakPao or the Meddlesome Moth. Both are perfect for dates since the menus are heavily focused on shared plates. If you want to splurge, head to Oak or FT33; Oak is great for cosmopolitan plates with an international flair, FT33 for local, farm-to-table dishes. If you want to go casual and super cheap, try the drive-in Hickory House BBQ on Riverfront or the best-ever Fuel City Tacos (a little South of the actual “Design District,” but still in the same zip code!)


Cocktails & Mussels at PakPao

4. Dessert. If you have any room left after dinner, walk over to Ascension to share a bottle of wine or a Kyoto brew over dessert. I recommend the cheese plate or Orange Cardamom Créme Brulee.

5. Late-Night Bowling. Thank God for Bowlounge, bringing old-school bowling and craft beer to the Design District since last week. Games are only $5, and it’s open until midnight on weekdays, 2 a.m. on the weekends. Feel free to end your date here or proceed to #6.


The bar & lanes at Bowlounge

6. Secret Skyline Views. One of my favorite things about the Design District is its access to the best views of the skyline in the city. The easiest way to enjoy the view is to grab a blanket and find a spot on the levee. My go-to access point is on E. Levee Street between Cole and Glass; the security patrol might approach you, but, based on my experience, they’ll let you stay. Another option is to sneak up to the rooftop of Trinity Loft or the viewing deck at 1400 Hi Line. I don’t know about 1400 Hi Line, but at Trinity Loft all you need to do is follow someone into the elevator and hit “5.” When the doors open, you’ll be on the roof.

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View from Trinity Loft rooftop

Of course, this is a lot to do on one date, so feel free to mix and match. If you’re on a budget, hit up the art galleries and murals, and take a picnic and a bottle of wine up to a rooftop or the levee — easy and cheap! If it’s payday, have one course at each restaurant and share a fancy bottle at Ascension. And, of course, if you don’t have a date, do all of this with your friends.

Cover image: “We Belong Together” from Susan O’Malley at Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas

Dallas Design District Art Openings: June 29

Posted by    |    June 27th, 2013 at 10:10 am

The art galleries around here don’t ever seem to take a break and they’re definitely not slowing down for the summer. This Saturday, June 29, its time for another Saturday night gallery walk. If you haven’t been out in a while you’re missing out. The crowds seem to grow every week so don’t be the odd man out and check out some of these awesome shows at the Dragon Street (and beyond) art galleries.

PDNB Gallery

Thomas Kenaugh

PDNB will host a solo show of works by Tom Kennaugh featuring collage works produced in just the past few years. His collages are composed predominantly of cutouts from his “archive of old postcards and vernacular photography.” This will be Kennaugh’s first solo show in Texas and will be on display at PDNB through August 3. 

Sun to Moon Gallery

Dan Burkholder

This is a special one. On June 29 Sun to Moon Gallery will feature the work of four photographers with a shared subject; the Great Trinity Forest and the Trinity River. While all the work is different and each photographer has a unique style, they share the common goal of drawing attention to one our city’s most under-appreciated assets. The show ill be on display at Sun to Moon Gallery until August 17.

Cohn Drennan Contemporary

Jennifer Leigh Jones

Cohn Drennan’s annual summer show has the intriguing “lunchmeat<catfood” for its intriguing title. The show features the work of four Denton artists who, while producing their own unique work, all dabble in the creation and exploration of alternate worlds and realities. The show will run through August 3.

Red Arrow Contemporary

The folks at Red Arrow are opening a show entitled “Papercuts” which  is, appropriately enough, the presentation of a group of artists who use paper as their primary medium. Six artists will have work on display in the show which runs through August 3.

Conduit Gallery

Matt Clark

Conduit Gallery, true to form, will open three new solo exhibits this time featuring the work of Georgia based artist Fahamu Pecou and Dallas based artists Matt Clark and Joel Sampson. Each artist utilizes different media ranging from photography to acrylics to mixed media. See the artists work on display through August 17 and join them for an artists reception on June 29.

Designology Hosts a Summer Block Party This Thursday

Posted by    |    June 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am

The International on Turtle Creek Design Center will be a-buzz this Thursday, June 27th, for the Designology Summer Block Party, taking over the Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The three participating showrooms, OFS Brands, Wilson Office Interiors and Commercial Flooring Systems, will fill the streets with live music, food tucks (Easy Slider & Tutta’s Pizza), signature cocktails, and local beer.

The International is located at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207.

See you there!

The Wooden House Gets a New Look and New Merchandise

Posted by    |    June 25th, 2013 at 11:38 am

If you haven’t been by The Wooden House’s warehouse at 159 Pittsburg St. lately, now is the time to do so. The owner, Steve Brooks, has completely redesigned the interior and brought in new inventory, from eclectic imports to unique, custom-made items.

To top if off, the store is hosting a summer sale on select pieces to help spruce up your home or apartment for the season without breaking the bank. I have my eye on these vintage patio chairs and colorful throw pillows, which are both perfect for summertime.

The Wooden House is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. – Wed., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thurs. – Sat., and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun. Get over there and check out their new look!


Join Colecion Riviera for an Evening in Barcelona

Posted by    |    June 25th, 2013 at 10:11 am

While there is no dearth of luxury office furniture manufacturers and designers in the world, there is also no dearth of market space in the industry, considering how much time we all spend in our offices.

That’s why one of the Design District’s newest residents is especially exciting.

Riviera, a fourth generation, family run company with headquarters in New York City and manufacturing in Mexico City, Mexico, recently opened their first showroom in Dallas right here in the Design District.

Riviera is well-known in the design world for their office, conference and architecture designs but despite international and national success, have yet to make significant inroads into the highly competitive Dallas market. Until now.

Helmed by Hal Matthews, a Dallas design community mainstay for over thirty years, Colecion Riviera, an entirely new arm of the well established Riviera company, is poised to serve a huge segment of the office market.

The firm’s clean, functional and high-quality office set-ups as well as their architectural wall systems are eco-friendly as well as affordable.

Riviera, apart from their own design lines, also manufactures the gorgeous and incredibly comfortable interstuhl office chairs as well as the furniture of Grassoler, a Spanish company which specializes in dual-purpose (office and home) sofas, chairs and accessories in a variety of customizable formats, hues and upholstering. While all of the pieces are very competitively priced, style, quality and form are never compromised, just as you might expect from a stylish European design firm.

The Collecion Riviera showroom will show pieces from all three lines in their bright and airy OakLawn showroom and this Thursday, June 27, the staff at the showroom want to invite you to an open house to enjoy “An Evening in Barcelona.”

In keeping with the theme you can expect yes, sangria, tapas and more, while discovering Riviera’s style and aesthetic. The event will go from 5:30 until 8:30 or so. 

RSVP to, and designers, if you can’t make the event make sure to stop in to peruse the showroom’s beautiful European designs soon.

Bowlounge is Now Open

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Update 4:45 p.m. : Only the bar and bowling portion of Bowlounge will be open; the food is coming soon!

Today on their Facebook page, the new retro bowling alley, Bowlounge, announced that it is now open at 167 Turtle Creek Blvd. They’ll be serving Twisted Root burgers and offer a full bar and cheap bowling games during the following hours:

Sun-Wed: 5 p.m. to Midnight
Thurs-Sat 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

See you there!

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Now Hiring at Gremillion & Co. and Arteriors Home

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2013 at 9:45 am

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

The jobs just keep coming y’all. 

Gallery Assistant, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art
Houston-based Gremillion & Co. is seeking a gallery assistant to oversee the Dallas gallery as well as further Gremillion & Co.’s reach throughout the Dallas area. The entry-level position will be responsible for supervising the gallery, walking clients through, maintaining a positive work environment, managing client database and working closely with the Marketing Director.
Interested candidates can forward resumés to
Hospitality Team Manager (Contract), Arteriors Home

The position oversees the day to day internal operations and personnel for the Arteriors Contract department, inclusive of client qualification, stock and custom order management, process efficiency management, ensure client satisfaction and staff empowerment.

Send resumés to

Inside Sales Coordinator, Arteriors Home

The inside sales coordinator acts as a liaison between prospecting customers and Arteriors by supporting inquires/questions and closing phone and/or web leads. The inside sales coordinator is the first point of contact for new accounts and responsible for achieving and driving sales goals.
Send resumés to
Project Coordinator/Customer Service (Contract), Arteriors Home
The project coordinator provides the highest level of customer service to accomplish timely execution of in-house commercial projects/orders, through facilitation with clients, field sales reps and internal departments.
Send resumés to
Get more updates on job opportunities in the Dallas Design District and network with other local professionals by joining the Dallas Design District LinkedIn Group!

It’s Sidewalk Sale Time!

Posted by    |    June 19th, 2013 at 9:24 am

This weekend some of the Decorative Center’s showrooms are joining together for everyone’s favorite, a summer sidewalk sale! Scott + Cooner, McGannon Showrooms and Henredon will all be taking part in the sale featuring a variety of products at cost or less. The showrooms, for those who don’t already know, are all a part of the Decorative Center’s complex at 1617 Hi Line Drive.

Here’s the deal, tomorrow (Thursday) the showroom’s sales will be open to the trade only, in conjunction with market, so you designers can get a jumpstart on the deals. Then, Friday and Saturday the showrooms and Scott + Cooner’s warehouse (at 2150 Irving Boulevard) will be open to the public so everyone can get their fill of furniture and accessories of all styles.

Word on the street is that Scott+Cooner will have frozen margaritas on hand at both locations. At least that’s the word on the street.

Don’t miss out on some great deals on some of the Design District’s hottest showrooms and get yourselves down to the Sidewalk Sale!

Check out the latest innovation from H. Bloom: the Gifts App

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2013 at 9:14 am

H. Bloom may have one of the prettiest products of any tech startup and with its newest innovation, the rapidly expanding luxury flower delivery service is proving yet again the company is not just a pretty face.

Just a few short weeks ago, the company whose tech-savvy founders have already revolutionized the concept of a flower subscription and delivery service, launched their first smart phone app, making ordering flowers (and more) easier than ever.

The focus for the company has naturally been the massive market for corporate gifting as well as subscription flower delivery/exchange for residential, corporate and hotel clients. The all-new H. Bloom gifts app adds a new, convenient option for corporate gifters at the same time as it broadens the company’s ability to appeal to the general consumer.

Here’s how it works. Head over to the app store and download H. Bloom Gifts (totally free), then navigate to your city, which I’m assuming since you’re reading this is Dallas.

When you hit the Dallas page you’ll see some other familiar gift options; chocolate from Chocolate Secrets and cupcakes from Sprinkles, for example. That’s right, now you can send flowers and chocolate, right from your phone. H. Bloom’s in-market teams generate relationships with other high-end, local products suitable for gift-giving so that your options are no longer limited to just flowers. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship which is sure to be a boon for the multi-tasking consumer, whether corporate or not.

It’s a big year for H. Bloom. The New York City based company which launched in Dallas in October of 2012 is expanding to ­multiple new markets this year, no small accomplishment for a company which many still refer to as a startup.

The company has garnered an impressive amount of  word of mouth and unsolicited celebrity endorsements in addition to great press in everything from the New York Times to People Magazine, contributing to the popularity of the brand and product.

The launch of the app is just further proof of H. Bloom’s commitment to staying one step ahead of the competition. Just be careful. Once you’ve got the app on your phone, you’ll be looking for excuses to send gifts right and left.

Now Hiring: Three jobs in the design industry

Posted by    |    June 13th, 2013 at 10:36 am

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

The jobs just keep coming y’all. Here are three more for you job seekers.

Executive Assistant, Kirsten Kelli LLC
Dallas & New York based Interior Architecture & Design Firm is seeking an experienced interior design office manager and administrative assistant either part-time or full-time. Job responsibilities will include receiving clients, scheduling and planning meetings and events, working on-site with vendors, client database upkeep office management, travel arrangements, project documents support, etc.
Qualified candidates please email resumés to
Marketing & Design Assistant, Esmaili Rugs & Antiques

Esmaili Rugs & Antiques is looking for a Marketing & Design Assistant who can also deal with customer service. Candidate should be familiar with social media, design blogs and websites. This is a full-time, entry level position with specific responsibility for social media/creative/marketing and assisting with our customers.

Resumés should be sent to

Outside Sales Associate, Donghia

Donghia, located in the Dallas Design Center is seeking an Outside Sales Associate with a persuasive and assertive personality to meet the needs of the design industry. The position will be responsible for managing multiple lines, developing client relationships and achieving business objectives. Qualifications include sales experience, quality customer service, effective presentation skills, organizational skills, clear communication and outstanding results. Some travel is required.
Please submit resumés to
Get more updates on job opportunities in the Dallas Design District and network with other local professionals by joining the Dallas Design District LinkedIn Group!