All posts by Monica Diodati

Monica works in the Design District as Jim Lake Companies' Marketing & Event Coordinator; follow her on Twitter at @thedallasdd or @jim_lake_co

Sand, Palms, and Cold Beer Await at This Saturday’s Design District Market

Design District Market is invading Community Beer Company once again, this time for a beach-themed indoor/outdoor market and summertime gathering.

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 12th, 30+ local vendors will be slinging handmade wares in the air-conditioned taproom and brewery, offering samples of homemade food, showcasing unique vintage pieces and giving attendees an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts in an unusual setting.

Community Beer Company (1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, TX 75207) will provide local craft beer for purchase, and give market-goers a look into their brewing process on rotating tours throughout the day.

When you’re not sipping beer or shopping, watch the World Cup on the big screen, lounge by our mini pools, challenge your friends to a water gun duel, or battle it out on the volleyball court.

Food trucks present include: Say Kimchi, BellaTrino’s Neapolitan Pizza, Texas Burrito Company, Gandolfo’s Deli, What’s Da Scoop, Aloha Shave Ice, and Mad Grill

Live music and jams from George Quartz and Moonbather.

The event is FREE to attendees, with beer available for purchase.

RSVP on Facebook here.

Design District Market + Meddlesome Moth: Outdoor Movie, Marketplace, and Beer Garden

Mark your calendars for next Thursday, June 19th, when The Meddlesome Moth and Design District Market are teaming up to organize an outdoor movie, beer garden, and local marketplace on the 1900 block of Hi Line Drive from 6 to 10 p.m.

Playing on the big screen will be Stanley Kramer’s The Wild One, a 1953 classic starring Marlon Brando as the leader of the infamous “Black Rebels Motorcycle Club.” Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets for lounging on the lawn and to come early to secure a good spot.

In addition the movie, there will be beer, wine and food curated by the master sommeliers at Meddlesome Moth, as well as local artists, craftspeople, and designers lining Hi Line Drive. Vendors will include an artisan popsicle cart by Steel City Pops, clothing, housewares and prints from Dowdy Studio, handmade jewelry from f. is for frank, hand-woven blankets from Free Spirit Creations, clothing from The Hawaiiana airstream trailer, and many other local vendors.

RSVP on Facebook.

Presented by Jim Lake Companies and Do214

Dwell With Dignity Thrift Studio Returns This Thursday

Thrift Studio is one of the events I look forward to most every year; it’s a great way to infuse some designer pieces into your home decor at a fraction of their retail price, all while supporting a great cause.

This year, Thrift Studio will take place at the International on Turtle Creek Design Center: 15o Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 204. The preview party is this Thursday, April 10th, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the studio will open to the public the next morning. Thereafter, the pop up store will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., until May 10th. All proceeds benefit Dwell With Dignity, an organization that helps families escape poverty and homelessness through design.

A few of the designers that will have vignettes at the pop-up include Jan Showers, Culp Associates, Mecox, Robert Allen Design, SWOON, and David Sutherland Showrooms.

Make sure to come early; pieces sell out fast!

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Nick Badovinus to Open Town Hearth At Irving & Market Center

According to D Magazine, Nick Badovinus, the popular restauranteur behind Off Site Kitchen and Neighborhood Services, recently announced his plans to open a new restaurant at 1617 Irving Blvd., Town Hearth.

The restaurant will center around seafood and steaks cooked on open, wood-fire grills, and will also feature a raw bar and whole-roasted Dungeness crab and shellfish. As far as drinks go, Town Hearth will have a full bar stocked with domestic brown liquors and an extensive wine list with old and new-world burgundies as well as wines from the Northwest.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open in March 2015.

In addition to Badovinus’ new concept, the entire “triangle” area at Oak Lawn, Riverfront, and Market Center that currently houses Jack’s Grocery is getting a full makeover. Hear more about the redevelopment at next Tuesday’s meeting at 101 Turtle Creek Blvd., from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

All Out Trinity Festival Takes Over The River Basin This Saturday

With all the unused green space available within the Trinity River levees, it’s exciting to see an event like All Out Trinity, organized by the Trinity Commons Foundation and City of Dallas, taking place this Saturday, March 1st, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on and below the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. There are ton of things going on, but here are some highlights:

8 a.m. – Trinity River Levee Run

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Plein Air outdoor painting

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – RAFT’s Outdoor Market & Beer Garden, and ElmWoof Pop-Up Dog Park under the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Krav Maga & Disc Golf in the Trinity River Basin

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – RISE Adaptive Sports (everything will be handicap-accessible)

12:30 to 3 p.m. – Lacrosse

1 p.m. –  Yoga on the Bridge (kid’s yoga class is also available!)

1 p.m. – Canoe & kayak trips on the Trinity

5 p.m. – Trinity River area photo walk-about tour with Justin Terveen

6  to 8 p.m. – RAFT Riverlight campfires with ArtCon and Boys Scouts of Dallas.

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail tour of Trinity Groves with Phil Romano

From sports to culture to drinking to shopping, there’s something for everyone! The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so feel free to ride your bike, rollerblade, or skate to the event area. Access points will be clearly visible the day-of, and parking is available along Beckley and Canada Drive, as well as at Trinity Groves. You can see the full list of activities on All Out Trinity’s website. The event benefits the Trinity Commons Foundation.



Red Arrow Contemporary Celebrates Its Second Birthday With A Scavenger Hunt Through The District

Two years ago, Red Arrow Contemporary opened its doors at 1130 Dragon Street, bringing Dallas exciting exhibits featuring huge pink inflatables, bent mailboxes imitating Banksy, and fundraising fashion shows. This Saturday, the gallery celebrates its anniversary with a scavenger hunt through the Design District.

The hunt kicks off at 4:30 p.m., and prizes include restaurant gift certificates, nights at the Belmont, and free entertainment passes. RSVP on their Facebook page here.


The Pin Show Invades The Goodyear Retread Plant on Feb. 22nd

The Pin Show has long been one of Dallas’ most unique fashion events, combining regionally-made, cutting-edge fashion, underutilized space and live music in one place. This year, the event is setting up shop at 960 Dragon Street on Feb. 22nd, where 24 designers will debut their latest lines on the runway.

This year, each designer will feature six looks, including menswear, women’s RTW, Avante-garde, bridal, jewelry, handbags, intimates, and resort wear. Designers include:

The doors open at 6:30 p.m., and models hit the runway at 8 p.m. Live music from Dallas favorites Bethan and The Effinays will entertain the crowd, as well as jams from DJ Hammertimez.

All ages are welcome and tickets start at $20, increasing to $450 for a VIP table for six. The official after party will be at Candleroom starting at 11 p.m. You can purchase tickets here.


Trinity Skyline Trail Moves Forward

With all the buzz surrounding the Trinity Strand Trail, we’ve forgotten to notice the Trinity Skyline Trail going in along the Trinity River levee! The new trail, which follows the river for 4.6 miles, is nearing completion. The Trinity Trust posted a picture of it this afternoon, and it looks like it’s going to be a great way to enjoy the Trinity River area that’s right next to us here in the Design District.

The opening celebration for the Trinity Skyline Trail, along with the Continental Avenue Bridge, will be on June 15th as part of the Trinity River Revel.

Photo from The Trinity Trust’s Facebook page.