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Gallery Openings

This upcoming weekend brings us (hopefully) warmer temperatures, and tons of exhibition openings.  The Dallas Design District is well stocked with galleries, featuring all mediums of artwork, so you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.   Come out this Saturday, November 22nd to one of the many many openings taking place.

1. Circuit 12 Contemporary | Sundowner | November 22 | 6 – 8pm

2. Conduit Gallery | Refuge/Roadside/Journey/Memorial Polaroids | November 22 | 6 – 8pm

3. Craighead Green | featuring four different artists | November 22 | 5 – 8 pm

4. GalleriUrbane | “Bring into the Fold” | November 22 | 6 – 830pm

5. Laura Rathe Fine Art | Odyessey Stories | November 22 | 5 – 8pm

6. Mary Tomas Gallery | Family (Part I) | November 22 | 5 – 8pm

7. Cris Worley | Parallel Spaces | November 22 | 6 – 8pm

Hope to see you there!



Election Day




As the mural along the Trinity Strand Trail reads, “ask not what your city can do for you, but what you can do for your city”.  Inspired by the wise words of John F. Kennedy, we want to remind you to hit the polls today!


Most polls are open from 7am-7pm, today November 4, 2014.

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Real Estate Bisnow

Today’s edition of the Real Estate Bisnow – Dallas featured Matt Miller, Jim Lake Realtors Broker, standing with owner/brewer of the Noble Rey Brewing Co., Chris Rigoulot for whom he helped find a location for their growing company!

The Noble Rey Brewing Company is located at 2636 Farrington, and faces the Trinity Strand Trail.  While they aren’t open for business quite yet, you can bet that when they do there sure to be packed full.  With their beers drawing inspiration everywhere from the Rhine River to the Mexican celebration, Dia De Los Muertos, there is sure to be something everyone can enjoy.

We can’t wait to take a pit stop here as we’re walking the Trinity Strand Trail when they open!


Maverick’s 5k Run


Last week, King Grossman and Matt Miller, of Jim Lake Companies, participated in “Mavs Run This Town”, a 5k run put on by the Dallas Mavericks.

The event benefited the Dallas Mavericks Foundation, which aims to assist young people through emphasizing education, good health, and skills necessary to lead successful lives.

The course started and ended on Olive Street, between the W Hotel and AT&T Plaza, and wound through the Design District.  A post-run party was held, featuring live music from the Old 97’s.   The event was a huge success!

Both men did outstanding:

Matt Miller                                                                             King Grossman

Finished in 27:59                                                                         Finished 31:52

357th out of 1,825 runners overall                                           539th out of 1,825 runners overall

281st out of 813 males                                                                390 out of 813 males

56th of 145 in age group [30-34]                                              81st out of 150 in age group [25-29]

9:01 minute mile                                                                          9:52 minute mile

Wow!! We are honored that Jim Lake Companies participated in such a great event.


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

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

Photo from Red Arrow Contemporary’s Facebook Page

Development Group Announces Plans for 40 Acres on Riverfront Boulevard

You may have seen the mysterious signs at Riverfront Blvd. near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, touting “Luxury Living,” “Shopping,” and “Entertainment,” for months now. Finally, news of the development was published in The Dallas Morning News last week, revealing the large-scale plans of 505 Riverfront Partners, the group that has been quietly buying nearly 40 acres surrounding the Trinity River Corridor.

In the past year, the group has purchased over 25 acres on both sides of Riverfront Blvd. at the Woodall Rodgers/Margaret Hunt Hill interchange, as well as land on Continental Blvd., bringing the full parcel up to 40 acres. As the DMN reported, the group now owns all of the Riverfront property between Stemmons Freeway and the Union Pacific Rail tracks.

What they plan to do with the land includes working with the same developers who did Mockingbird Station to create a mixed-use mecca, including anything from retail and high-density residential, to office and showroom uses.

According to Dale Foster, general partner of the investment group, the Riverfront project is a “logical extension of what’s happening” in Uptown, as they are hoping to bring some of that density to the Southern Design District area.

The project’s timing coincides with other planned amenities for the neighborhood, including the Continental Ave. bridge park, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2014, and the street improvement to Riverfront Blvd., including better sidewalks, lighting and bike lanes, which should be completed by 2015.

Photo from 505 Riverfront Development Package.

Dumpster Pools, Local Stuff, Live Music, Food & Drink At the Design District Market @ Dallas Contemporary This Weekend

The fourth installment of the Design District Market is a collaboration with the Dallas Contemporary, and it happens this Saturday, Aug. 10th from 12 to 8 p.m. Like the previous markets, there will be local vendors, live bands, food trucks and beer, but this time around there will also be two dumpster pools on-site to help get you out of the Texas heat.

One of the Progressive dumpster pools, in progressive

The dumpster pools will be created by Progressive Waste, and will include a swim-up bar, full deck, pool lounge and clothing check area keep your belonging safe while you swim. The outside is painted by local street art team Sour Grapes, who have done dozens of murals around Dallas and have even previously exhibited in the Contemporary’s galleries.

The band lineup is an eclectic one, including folk rock artist Robbie Saunders, electro-pop guru Ronnie Heart,  summery garage rock band The Birds of Night and funk/reggae group The Effinays. The set times are as follows:

6:00 p.m.      The Effinays
3:30 p.m.      The Birds of Night
2:00 p.m.      Ronnie Heart
12:00 p.m.    Robbie Saunders

Food trucks include Nammi Truck, Easy Slider, Gorgonzilla Grilled Cheese, Doughboys Pizza, The Crazy Pig, Little Greek Food Truck, Tin Star Taco Taxi and Parrot Icce. There will also be light bites inside from Bridge Bistro, Beck’s Prime and Cravetopia Bakery.

Bombay Sapphire will be shaking up free cocktails, and Ben E. Keith will bring the beer and wine, which will also be free. Don’t forget to stop by the palm reading booth or miss the flash mob which will take place at some point during the day. And, don’t worry, all of the vendor booths will be inside the Contemporary’s air-conditioned space.

Also, get $5 off you Design District Market t-shirt if you bike, walk or take any other sort of alternative transportation to the event. Just let us know at the front table!

There will be plenty to do, so stick around!

The Dallas Contemporary is located at 161 Glass Street, Dallas, TX 75207. Free parking is available in the lot at Riverfront & Glass Street, and along the street on Glass & Levee.

 RSVP on the event’s Facebook page.


6 Things To Do On A Date In The Design District

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, 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 get access to the rooftop of Trinity Loft or the viewing deck at 1400 Hi Line.

Trinity Loft Evening 003
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

New DART Shuttle Will Wind Through the Design District

DART’s proposed new shuttle through Downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff will include a nod toward the Design District, swinging along Stemmons Corridor and passing down Hi Line Drive on its way to Downtown. The shuttle, unlike the DART buses, will have discounted fare and be oriented towards tourists, with stops at major hotels in the area and attractions like Klyde Warren Park, the Convention Center, Bishop Arts and the Cedars.

The shuttle was approved at the end of May and will be funded by DART, Downtown Dallas, Inc. and the City of Dallas. It will roughly follow the current bus 21 and 49 routes: Route 49 will go from the Medical District to the major hotels on Stemmons Freeway, down Hi Line Drive to Victory Park and the Perot Museum, and down through the West End, the Omni, and on to the Cedars. Route 21 will focus on Downtown, starting at Klyde Warren Park and meandering along Main Street, heading South to Oak Cliff via the Jefferson Blvd. viaduct.

According to D Magazine, Downtown Dallas, Inc. is currently working on making the shuttle a free amenity. Until then, it will begin service in August with options for a $5 for a day pass or $1.75 for a midday pass, running every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To us, it sounds like a great way to hop from the Design District to the food trucks Downtown for lunch without having to worry about parking, and also a great option for Dallas Market visitors to make their way to other showrooms on Hi Line and Slocum during market events. Be on the lookout for the new shuttle this August!


Map published by The Dallas Morning News.