Live Local: The lowdown on neighborhood businesses

For those who melt at the eclectic, We Are 1976 on Henderson hosts an art gallery opening Feb. 5 featuring Lisa Chao, an illustrator from Houston, and Jason Cohen, owner of Curiosities in Lakewood Shopping Center. The 7-10 p.m. opening includes food, drinks and new art prints. “They’re going to have some original art and paintings, but they’re also going to do some reproductions as well, so everything is for sale,” says Vynsie Law, one of the shop’s owners and a Hollywood Heights resident. 214.821.1976, weare1976.com, 1902 N. Henderson.

Expect major changes from Bikram Yoga Dallas during the months of February and March. The studio is adding 1,500 feet to its current Mockingbird and Abrams location. Owner Karen Buckner says the studio will remain open during construction. The grand reopening of the updated studio is tentatively scheduled for March. Check Back Talk East Dallas for updates. 214.824.9642, yogadallas.com, 6333 E. Mockingbird.

Padma Yoga on North Henderson is the new yoga studio on the block. The studio, owned by husband and wife Lucas and Sonya Pepping, opened its doors in January. Pepping instructs with two other women: Jessica Jordan, owner of Super Yoga Palace in Deep Ellum and a member of musical group Polyphonic Spree, and Jennifer Clark, who used to train dolphins and currently spends part of her time training manatees at the Dallas World Aquarium. “I’m hoping this studio will bring in residents,” Pepping says. “With all the construction and new people coming into Greenville, I’m hoping the studio will help bring them together.” The studio offers 22 classes weekly, including a pre- and post-natal class for mothers, as well as a $10 for 10 days deal for neighbors to try yoga. 214.282.0828, thepadmayoga.com, 1909 N. Henderson.

Meet the neighborhood’s newest hipster darling duo: Centre, in its new Mockingbird Station location, and directly upstairs from Centre, Atama and Company. Centre opened in Mockingbird Station in 2007 and recently moved from its former location behind Gap on the north side of the center to the south corner between Café Express and Ann Taylor Loft. The shops are considered brother and sister companies under the same owner, Philip Sterling. Centre is a clothing, athletic shoes and hats retail store, while Atama sells vinyl and plush toys (a similar concept to the former Kidrobot store). Centre, 214 821 2028, gotocentre.com; Atama, 214.295.7646, shopatama.com, Mockingbird and Central.

For those who treasure the Green Spot, it now has an espresso bar open seven days a week from 7-11 a.m. — with extended hours coming soon — and it’s now serving grass-fed hamburgers (which seem to be quite popular these days), and regular or sweet potato fries. 214.319.7768, greenspot.com, 702 N. Buckner.

Keep an eye out for a new restaurant coming to Henderson Avenue in the former Cuba Libre location. The new restaurant, Alma, is owned by Consilient Restaurants, which also owned Cuba Libre. The restaurant is slated to open this month and will serve Mexican cuisine. For details visit consilientrestaurants.com.

Dallas-based company Half Price Books recently unveiled its first online bookstore, hpbmarketplace.com. The website’s concept is similar to other online bookstores such as Amazon, in that both the company and independent sellers hawk their items. “We’ve always wanted to be online, but it’s been difficult with the nature of our business,” says store spokeswoman Emily Bruce. “With buying books and other items from the public, it’s hard to keep track of everything.” The website offers customers 120 million books, the majority from independent sellers, Bruce says. The website does not offer the same half-price deals available in the store because prices of online items vary based on sellers’ listings. However, Bruce says, “you can certainly find some good deals on there; I’ve already ordered a couple of things myself.” 214.379.8000, hpb.com, 5308 E. Northwest Highway.


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