The Design District Market Returns on Small Business Saturday with Craft Beer, Texas Vendors & Local Bands

Posted by    |    November 25th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Post-Thanksgiving, the shopping scene can get a little crazy — midnight brawls in dressing rooms, lines that circle the block and anxiety from trying to reach the last PS4 on the shelf before the rest of the crowd. Luckily, the Design District Market has the perfect cure for your Black Friday hangover: a peaceful, locally-focused shopping experience fueled by craft beer, live music and good vibes on Small Business Saturday.

Taking place at Community Beer Company from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., shoppers will have the opportunity to pick up their Design-District-brewed craft beers for $4 a pop, or 3 for $10. Then, they can peruse the 70+ vendors located both inside (which will be heated) and outside the brewery, stopping to play some giant Jenga, corn hole or pool along the way. Of course, there will be plenty of food trucks lined up for when the munchies hit, and local bands The Roomsounds, The Venetian Sailors and Recycled Photographs will be on stage throughout the day to provide the soundtrack.

For some original gift ideas, make sure you hit up Haus of Growlers for the beer-lovers, Texas Hill Country Olive and In a Pickle for the foodies, Artigianale and Cantoinette Studios for the fashionistas, and Dixie Goods Company for the pets. Speaking of pets, feel free to bring them along! Children are welcome as well, so bring the whole family.

Parking is available along Slocum St. and Inspiration Dr., as well as in the front parking lot of Community Beer Company off of Stemmons Freeway. We encourage everyone to take alternative transportation to the event! Community is a short walk or bike ride from the Victory DART station, the Katy Trail, and the American Airlines D-Link stop.

Community Beer Co. is located at 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, TX 75207.

You can see more details about the event, as well as a full list of vendors, on the event’s Facebook page.



Carlyn Ray Celebrates The Opening Of Her New Design District Glass Blowing Studio This Weekend

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2013 at 4:00 am

Fascinated by the art of glass blowing since she was a child, artist Carlyn Ray has studied with masters in Murano, Italy as well as under legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Ray is finally opening her own studio at 1820 Irving Blvd. in the Design District, starting with a party on Friday and Saturday evening that includes gifts, raffles and a live hot glass show.

In addition to debuting her studio, Ray will also be launching her Kickstarter campaign to fund her nonprofit project, Art Reaching Out. ARO is a multi-disciplinary approach to art that includes science, math, engineering, technology and creativity, and is aimed at young men and women and at-risk youth.  She is currently working on ARO projects with student groups at the Hockaday School and the Episcopal School of Dallas.

The studio party will be going from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday evening and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Stop by to see her in action and to help out a great cause!

1820 Irving Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207

You can RSVP on Ray’s Facebook page.

A Complete Guide To This Weekend’s Art Openings In The Design District

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Each month, galleries on Dragon Street and the surrounding area open up their doors to give art lovers a glimpse at their latest exhibits while sipping on complimentary wine and beer, and November is no different! Here’s where to find the newest works in the Design District this Saturday:
“SHATTER” by Clark Goolsby, at Circuit12 Contemporary – 7 to 10 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Suite 150, Dallas, Tx 75207
“Pleasure Tempest” by Bonny Leibowitz and Winter Rusiloski, at Cohn Drennan Contemporary – 6 to 8 p.m.
1107 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“memento mori” by Carrie Marill, “Still Crazy” by Susie Phillips, and “Works from the 70′s & 80′s” by Arthur Koch, at Conduit Gallery – 6 to 8 p.m.
1626 C Hi Line Dr, Dallas, Tx 75207
Carole Pierce, Shawn Smith, and Marcus Bickler at Craighead Green Gallery – 5 to 8 p.m.
1011 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“Ineffable Codex” by Michael Berman, and “Element Altered” by Jessica Drenk, at Gallerie Urbane - 6 to 9 p.m.
2277 Monitor St., Dallas, Tx 75207
“New Drawings” by John Adelman, at Holly Johnson Gallery - 6 to 8 p.m.
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“Enlighten” by Steven Daluz, Michelle Gagliano, and Pauline Ziegen, at Laura Rathe Fine Art – 6 to 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“Revisiting Latin America” by Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Carlos Jurado, Lorry Salcedo, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Cassio Vasconcellos, Maria Algaze, Vik Muniz, and Esteban Pastorino Diaz, and “LEAVING LOVE FIELD” by William Greiner, at PDNB Gallery – 5 to 8 p.m.
1202 Dragon Street, Ste. 103, Dallas, Tx 75207
“fresh dozen” by Susan Plum, Steve Brudniak, Tommy Gregory, Ken Little, Ed Wilson, Steve Murphy, Erin Cunningham, Katie Pell, Kurk Dryhaug, Brook Gassiot, Glenn Downing, and T.J. Hilton, at Red Arrow Contemporary – 6 to 9 p.m.
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“CUT and Paste” by Chong Chu, David Connelly and Jonathan Millet, at Mary Tomas Gallery – 6 to 9 p.m.
1110 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“The Destruction of Glamour” by Tyler Shields, at  Samuel Lynne Galleries – 5 to 8 p.m.
1105 Dragon Street, Dallas, Tx 75207
“Studio Dreams” by Harry Geffert, at Cris Worley Fine Arts – 5 to 8 p.m.
1415 Slocum Street, #104, Dallas, Tx 75207

Four Long-Awaited Trinity River Project Updates That Affect Our Neighborhood

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2013 at 4:00 am

We’ve been hearing about all the exciting things planned for the Trinity River Corridor for years now, and, last week, Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan and the Army Corps of Engineers held a Townhall Meeting at Methodist Hospital to fill us in on what’s really going on with the river.

The Sylvan Ave. bridge, which as been closed for the past year, is scheduled to reopen in early 2014 with six-foot sidewalks, and increase from four traffic lanes to six and separated bicycle lanes. In addition to the bridge, starting next year, Sylvan Ave. will be improved all the way to Sylvan Thirty at Fort Worth Ave., with six lanes for traffic, bicycle lanes, improved landscaping and lighting, and on-street parking. The construction could take up to two years to be completed.

As we’ve reported on in the past, the Continental Ave. bridge is on its way to becoming a pedestrian-only park, with water features, performance stages, gardens and plenty of programming. It is expected to be completed by May 2014.

Phase one of the Trinity Strand Trail, which has been popping up along the old river channel between Wycliff and Oak Lawn pretty quickly in the past six months, is slated to be ready for use by next Spring, though I’ve already spotted a few joggers running the trail on weekday mornings.

Last but not least, pending environmental approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, work on a 23-acre lake in the floodway near the Commerce Street Bridge could begin as early as next year.


3 Things To Do For Halloween in the Design District

Posted by    |    October 30th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Halloween is only a day away, and a few Design District haunts have stepped up to the party-hosting plate this season. The Design District is best known for art, furniture and food, and, this weekend, there’s a party for all three:

On Thursday, Green Bandana Group is hosting its Golden Age Halloween party, celebrating the golden age of hip hop in DFW, at a vacant Jim Lake Companies warehouse at 141 Glass Street. There will be performances by Tunk, -topic, Buffalo Black, AZ featuring Dustin Cavazos, Tony Vice, Jenny Robinson, Bobby Sessions and Lord Byron. Artwork from Fred Villanueva, Steph Hargrove, Jordan Castilleja and Erica Guajardo will adorn the walls, and you’re free to bring your own alcohol. The party is from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. and tickets are $10. Costumed ladies get in for free before 10 p.m.

If chocolate and wine is your thing, check out Wine Poste’s collaborative tasting with Dude, Sweet Chocolate on October 31st at 7 p.m., the star of which is the pairing of Dude’s cajeta skulls with a 2010 Incognito Rouge. You can read more about the event in our post from last week. Wine Poste is located at 2001 Irving Blvd.

For all the decor lovers, the ever-eclectic Howell Street design studio, SCOUT, is throwing its first Halloween party this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Join them for sliders from Easy Slider, complimentary beer, wine and cocktails, tarot and palm reading from Mystic Kathryn, and up to 75% off all store merchandise. Costumes are encouraged. SCOUT is located at 155 Howell Street in the Design District.


Dude, Sweet Chocolate and the Wine Poste Team Up for a Spooky Halloween Tasting

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2013 at 10:23 am

On Halloween night, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and the Wine Poste are kicking off their monthly partnership with a special wine and chocolate pairing event. Given the holiday, the team has come up with some eerie combinations to intrigue your palette on October 31st:

A 2010 Bodegas Naveran Brut Cava will be paired with Chocolate Salami, made with fig, marzipan and cocoa nibs.

The 2011 Talbott “Sleepy Hollow” Chardonnay will be paired with “Flower Child” truffles, scented with bergamot, jasmine and orange.

The Ghost of 413, a 2010 red blend, will be paired with the Albatross Fudge, an 85% dark chocolate spiked with creamy blue cheese.

A 2010 Bogle Phantom will be paired with “Fungus Amongus,” a creamy butter toffee with porcini mushroom powder and toasted pumpkin seeds.

To end the night, a 2010 Incognito Rouge will be paired with Dude, Sweet’s seasonal specialty, the Cajeta Skulls — 72% dark chocolate filled with goats milk caramel.

The pairing will take place on October 31st at the Wine Poste, 2001 Irving Blvd, #145, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.



Trinity Haymarket Makes it Easy for Small-Scale Farmers to Get What They Need in the City

Posted by    |    October 18th, 2013 at 8:42 am

Urban farming, while it has always been around, has experienced a renaissance in the past decade. Community farms are popping up left and right, and more and more city dwellers are finding space for chicken coops and beehives. Enter Trinity Haymarket, a Design District shop specifically designed to provide organic, non-GMO feed and farm supplies for urban and small-scale farmers.

As beekeepers and poultry raisers themselves, owners Bill Dougherty and Fred Owen found it hard to find nutritious feed and specialty tools for their small farm. Most mainstream grain was ridden with unidentified animal byproducts and myriad unnatural ingredients. When they started going out of state to find what they need, Bill and Fred realized it was time to open a centrally-located supply store to make the resources they needed readily available to anyone.

In addition to grain, seeds, and farm supplies, Trinity Haymarket also carries locally made, non-GMO products like Gristmill flour, gluten free pancake mix, organic soy candles and soap, small batch honey, and Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters coffee.

Trinity Haymarket is located at 1715 Market Center Blvd. and is open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.