Society Bakery, with locations on Lower Greenville and a new shop in Medical City hospital, is running a delicious deal to celebrate its seventh anniversary in business. Throughout December, patrons celebrating birthdays with a “seven” in them (17, 27, 70, 1975) will receive a free cupcake or whoopie pie. Also, patrons who buy three products will receive a fourth bakery item for free. Visit for more details.

Curiosities ( the antique store/art gallery in the Lakewood Shopping Center, marks its fourth anniversary in business this year. Founded by Jason Cohen and his mother, Terry Cohen, the shop is known for its eclectic mix of odds and ends, which generally includes a selection of estate jewelry, vintage garden items, clothing, antique furniture, pottery, glassware and more. The gallery portion of the shop typically showcases folk art, found art and photography. Got art? Need an audience? Contact John at

Downing Hill Garden Studio,
located at 3016 Greenville between H.D.’s Clothing men’s and women’s shops, will celebrate its first anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 5 with a holiday open house. Festivities include local artist Nina Katrina performing at the shop from 1-3 p.m. Owner Tom Henderson opened the shop after working many years at Pier 1 Imports and Calloway’s Nursery. Downing Hill carries gift items, and also offers landscape design services (neighbors might have noticed Henderson’s handiwork on the Swiss Avenue home tour). Find more information by searching for “Downing Hill” on Facebook.

A krav maga studio has opened in the White Rock area. Not familiar? Krav maga (pronounced KRAHV muh-GAH) is Hebrew for “contact combat”, and is the official self-defense system of the Israeli army. Brought to the United States in the ’90s, it is used by a number of special forces teams and more than 250 law enforcement agencies across the country. Krav Maga DFW is on Buckner at Northcliff near Green Spot. Classes in self-defense, combat cardio and others (even some for kids) are available. Want to see what the hubbub’s about? Krav Maga DFW is offering a free introductory class.

Our neighborhood has added a couple more “fro-yo”, or frozen yogurt, joints to its arsenal of dessert destinations. Yumilicious opened up at 5521 Greenville, and 17 Degrees opened a few weeks earlier at 2544 Gus Thomasson, next to El Rancho Supermarket. Both shops are self-serve, and customers pay by the ounce. Yumilicious is a franchise with shops across the country, including a few in the Dallas area. According to its website, several more are scheduled to open throughout the area in the next several months. 17 Degrees is part of a small chain called DJ’s Frozen Yogurt that originated in California. The Gus Thomasson shop is the first one in Texas, and one of only eight shops nationwide.

Beginning in February 2011, the “Fan Man” — so-named because of his business building and repairing electric fans of all types — won’t be calling Lakewood home anymore. Jim DeNoyer announced via email that his business has “lost our lease”, and he plans to relocate to the Centerville/Garland Road area. His showroom is currently housed in the Lakewood Shopping Center just down from Dixie House, while the repair shop is in a nearby basement closer to Ali Baba.

Don’t want to shell out big bucks for the Nutcracker, or another pricey, high-falutin’ holiday theater production this year? The Pocket Sandwich Theatre (5400 E. Mockingbird) is showing “Ebenezer Scrooge” on the main stage from Nov. 26-Dec. 3.  The show, an original production by Joe Dickinson and Laurie Tirmenstein, based on Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”, is running for a 29th consecutive year. Tickets range from $10 to $20 per person, depending on showtime, and optional dinner and drinks, available an hour and a half prior to the performance, cost between $5 and $10. Reservations are recommended. Call 214.821.1860 or visit

Dickinson co-founded the theater in 1980 on Lower Greenville along with Rodney Dobbs. The pair had worked together at Dallas Repertory Theatre, and they relocated the theater to its current location on Mockingbird in 1990. Dickinson, a popular mentor to many local theater artists, presided over the theater until his death earlier this year.

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