Archive for July, 2013

Four New Restaurants Coming to Corner of Oak Lawn & Dragon

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm

In a leasing brochure I spotted a few days ago, Harwood International had noted that four of the restaurant spaces planned for District 1444 have already been leased.

The only restaurant named was Saint Ann, whose first location is also at a Harwood development in Uptown. The others include an Indian restaurant, a Latin concept and an Asian restaurant. Two other restaurants, Mediterranean and sushi, are noted as under Letter of Intent.

Also marked on the brochure were two proposals for an urban market at the development, as well as plenty of proposals for showroom space.

The project, located at the corner of Oak Lawn Ave. and Dragon Street, will include 46,764 sq. ft. of retail spaces along with 224 apartment units. It is scheduled for completion by 2015.


3 ways to stay (or get) in shape in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2013 at 10:14 am

This whole fitness trend isn’t going anywhere, not that you needed me to tell you that, and the Dallas Design District is starting to fill up with some unique ways to fit in that pesky workout. So whether you live, work or simply play in the neighborhood, here are three unique ways to fit in your cardio or tone your muscles nearby.

Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center

You may already be familiar with Balancing Energy’s little Dragon Street location, they were, after all, the first “fitness” spot to open in the neighborhood, but if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, what are you waiting for? Less a typical yoga studio and more of a complete lifestyle shop, Balancing Energy is home to not only yoga courses but also nutritional counseling and even a sauna. Sign up for the studio’s newsletter to stay up to date on unique course offerings and special offers, there’s always an interesting lecture or two on the schedule.

Barre Bee Fit

The newest way to stay fit in the Design District is Chicago-based Barre Bee Fit. If you’re unfamiliar with the fitness fad known as the Bar Method, it’s probably because you’re a guy (although that doesn’t mean it won’t kick your butt). The bar method is exactly what it sounds like, cardio, toning and balance all centered around a “ballet bar.” It might not sound like much but the folks at Barre Bee Fit promise a supplementary gym membership isn’t necessary for their members. Plus there are the dozens of bar studios popping up around the city to support the claim that the workout works. Thousands of people can’t be wrong right? Barre Bee Fit will be located in the Trinity Lofts building on Slocum and full details on memberships and classes can be found on their website.

Krav Maga DFW 

Arguably the most intimidating workout of the Design District fitness options, Krav Maga DFW opened their newest Dallas facility on Turtle Creek Boulevard just a few months ago. If you have no idea what Krav Maga is, you’re not alone. When I first heard the facility was coming to the neighborhood I had to do some research of my own. Turns out Krav Maga is martial arts system that borrows techniques from a number of different systems including boxing and judo to name only two. It started out as more of a street fighting system and has evolved into what you will learn today if you happen to enroll in a Krav Maga class at a certified studio. It’s a quick and efficient form of martial arts and delivers you not only a great workout, but also some killer self-defense skills. For more information on courses at the Turtle Creek location visit their website.

Join Ebanista for the Semi-Annual Rug Event

Posted by    |    July 29th, 2013 at 9:47 am

If you’re in the market for a gorgeous new rug (or two), it’s your lucky day. Starting on Thursday, August 1, Ebanista, located in the Dallas Design Center, will launch their month long, semi-annual rug sale. Through August 30th, customers will get up to 20% off a wide selection of Ebanista’s in-stock rug selection which you can view at this link.

Happy shopping Design District!

Now Hiring for six jobs in the Dallas Design District

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Salesperson, McGannon ShowroomsNow Hiring: Find Job Opportunities in the Dallas Design District on

McGannon Showroom in the Decorative Center is seeking a new salesperson with a design background and furniture product knowledge. Desired skills include networking, relationship building, social media proficiency and telemarketing.

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Customer Service/Inventory Clerk, McGannon Showrooms

McGannon is also looking for a detail-oriented inventory clerk with excellent communication and problem-solving skills to interact with sales staff, clients, vendors and freight carriers to discuss issues and implement resolutions.

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Sample Librarian (Part-time), Schumacher

Schumacher is looking for a part-time (15-20 hours a week) sample librarian for their Dallas Design Center showroom. Responsibilities will include filling sample requests, maintaining sample room inventory, maintaining showroom floor, handling customer/client requests both over the phone and in person, assisting sales team with various duties, among other duties. Qualifications include high school diploma or equivalent work experience, 1-2 years of experience working in a retail or showroom environment, some lifting, computer skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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Sales Representative, Ashly Fine Rugs

Ashly Fine rugs is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated individual with excellent communication skills to help introduce prospective designers to exclusive lines in their Dallas showroom.

Interested and qualified candidates should email resumés to

Antiques & Design Showroom Manager

Established antiques and design showroom looking for showroom manager with sales experience. The ideal candidate has 2-5 years of sales experience, business development skills, focus on customer service, a sense of urgency and the ability to multi-task.

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Sales Coordinator

High-end showroom is seeking a sales coordinator who will provide administrative and clerical support, assist clients via phone and email, manage order placement and tracking, process sample requests, maintain sample library and perform supplementary tasks as assigned. Strongly prefer a furniture and design background.

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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!

Edo Popken Embraces the Tailor Shop Dallas

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2013 at 9:45 am


As if being the first retail space in the Design District wasn’t exciting enough, now you’ll have something else to add to Edo Popken’s accolades. The Swiss men’s retail operation will be adding the Tailor Shop Dallas inside its store. Conveniently, the Tailor Shop will operate as a part of Edo Popken while accepting outside alterations as well. Today, Thursday, July 25th, Edo Popken will be hosting an open house to welcome the new addition.

Be sure to stop by and peruse the upscale apparel designs, and be sure to learn more about the Tailor Shop Dallas while you’re there. The open house will run from 5-8 PM. We hope to see you there!



Barre Bee Fit Opens Dallas Location in the Design District

Posted by    |    July 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Barre Bee Fit, the Chicago-based studio that promises quick, drastic results, will soon join the growing number of fitness studios in the Design District.

With the Grand Opening set for August 2nd, Barre Bee Fit will be located on the ground floor of the Trinity Lofts at 1430 Dragon Street. The Opening Party is from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the 2nd, with healthy bites from My Fit Foods, music and a complimentary gift bags. The next morning, stop by for a complimentary class, at either 9:30 or 11:30 a.m.

The Barre Bee Fit regime combines cardiovascular conditioning with strength training and restoration, making a “one stop shop” for getting in shape. The studios most popular classes include “Barre Bee,” a 60-minute full body workout, “Barre Xpress,” a 45-minute condensed version of Barre Bee, “Barre Burn,” a 60-minute full body workout in a 95-degree room, and “Barre Brawl,” a 60-minute class combining strength training with an intense kickboxing routine. Other classes include a cardio class, a prenatal class, a choreographed class and a vinyasa flow yoga class.

The Design District studio is offering a 2-week for $40 introductory special, so check it out!


Join Edo Popken in welcoming the Tailor Shop Dallas this Thursday

Posted by    |    July 23rd, 2013 at 9:11 am

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Edo Popken’s first US location over on Dragon Street, here’s another great chance to stop by. This Thursday Edo Popken of Switzerland will be hosting an open house to welcome the newest addition to their shop. The Tailor Shop will now be located inside of Edo Popken’s retail store and apart from tailoring Edo Popken’s own merchandise, will also accept outside work.

Stop by this Thursday from 5 to 8 pm to learn more about the Tailor Shop as well as to browse Edo Popken’s custom men’s apparel offerings. Hope to see you there!

Join us for Dallas Design District Gallery Day 2013

Posted by    |    July 18th, 2013 at 10:03 am

Dallas Gallery Day is becoming a pretty popular tradition and this Saturday the event is back with a full day of gallery hopping, food trucks and more throughout the Design District.

The “official” proceedings will take place from 12-8 but in my experience, gallery’s often open early or stay open late so don’t be afraid to hang around after “official” proceedings have ended.

While it’s mostly all about the art, you also have the chance to snag some early bird gift bags at galleries as well as enjoy some free beverages courtesy of Ben E. Keith.

Food trucks will be located throughout the neighborhood most of the day but the best way to locate who’s out serving and where will probably be through Dallas Gallery Day’s Facebook and Twitter page which you can follow here and here.

If this is your first gallery day don’t worry. The brains behind the event have already mapped out your entire route on their website and if you’d rather tread your own path you’re more than welcome to do that too. The website has a list of participating galleries with links to their websites so you can plan your day before you even head out into the heat. 

Questions? Drop me a line. Otherwise I hope to see you out and about in the neighborhood this Saturday!

A Busy Weekend In The Design District

Posted by    |    July 18th, 2013 at 9:07 am

Get ready to hang out in the Design District this Friday and Saturday — with a new pint night  at Community, Belgian Independence Day at the Meddlesome Moth and Design District Gallery Day, there won’t be a shortage of things to do.

Ever since Texas changed its beer laws last months, breweries have been changing the way they package and sell their beer. Community Beer Co. is one of those breweries, and is hosting their new “Taproom Fridays” starting at 5 p.m. Unlike their Saturday tours, there is no fee to get in; you simply buy your beer by the glass as if you were at a bar. If you want the tour, plus live music and an art show, stop by on Saturday for their Open House from 2 to 5 p.m.

Meddlesome Moth has been busy all week tapping kegs of Belgian beer in anticipation of Belgian Independence Day this weekend. On Saturday, they’re hosting a pig roast, complete with $3 cans of St Feuillien Saison.

After you fill up on pig, walk over to Dragon Street, where Design District Gallery Day will be going on. (Free) Drinks will be flowing, art will adorn the walls, and food trucks will be serving up food from 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Each gallery will also be handing out swag bags for the first 20 people who walk in the door, so show up early! Here’s a list of the participants:

Circuit 12 Contemporary
Cohn Drennan Contemporary
Conduit Gallery
Craighead Green Gallery
Cris Worley Fine Arts
Dallas Contemporary
Galleri Urbane
Goss-Michael Foundation
Holly Johnson Gallery
PDNB Gallery
RE Gallery
Red Arrow Contemporary
RO2 Art
Samuel Lynne Gallery
Laura Rathe Fine Art
Mary Tomas Gallery
Alan Simmons Art & Design

P.S. – Though it seems absent online, there have been postcards floating around for “Deep Nights,” an unofficial Gallery Day after party at Circuit12 Contemporary. Swing by after the event and find out for yourself…


Design District Unveiled: Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2013 at 10:29 am

To  erase the misconception that the showrooms and galleries of the neighborhood are open only to the trade, is launching Unveiled. In this weekly series we take you inside the shops, showrooms and galleries of the Design District that are not only open but welcome the public. 

The merging of Edward Ferrell’s upholstery and casegoods expertise with Lewis Mittman’s French influenced aesthetic in the 1950’s launched a company which would go on to become one of the most well-known luxury furniture manufacturers in the United States. 

With showrooms throughout the country, Edward Ferrell+Lewis Mittman (EF+LM) is well-known but may be unfamiliar to the non-design community so if you, like me, are no design-world expert, here’s a primer. 

A few weeks ago I told you about EF+LM’s recent “Made in America” award, honoring the company’s commitment to American design and craftsmanship which perfectly sums up a company that is American through and through.

The merging of Ferrell and Mittman’s design skills in 1953 resulted in a company whose American-made furniture lines ranged from traditional to modern.

If you could dream it, you could probably find it at EF+LM.

Now the company’s lines are represented in 14 showrooms in North America and Shanghai as well as in their five company-owned showrooms which include the location right here in the Dallas Design Center. 

EF+LM has been hand-crafting their furniture from the beginning and their dual role as  manufacturer means their clients are getting some of the same products they can buy elsewhere, at a much lower price. 

It also equates to an incredibly short lead time for EF+LM’s designer upholstered pieces and their completely customizable furniture ranging from headboards to sofas to recliners.

Apart from EF+LM’s own designs, the company also carries lines from well-known designers including Jamie Drake, Roger Thomas and Newman-Frey among others.

While EF+LM is famous for their furniture, the company’s showrooms are also destinations for lighting, featuring everything from unique chandeliers to lighting solutions for any room of the house.

Although the company has never had a hard time catching the eye of designers, their recent honor from MADE: In America only adds to the design-world capital EF+LM has accumulated over the years creating fine luxury furniture for a discerning group of designers and clients.