Live local: The lowdown on neighborhood businesses

Company Café (2217 Greenville, 214.827.2233) is a newcomer to the Lower Greenville area with its tasty comfort food with a natural, organic twist. The menu includes grass-fed beef and gluten-free options. Jimmy’s Food Store (4901 Bryan, 214.823.6180) also is now carrying gluten-free products, including cheese ravioli, spinach ravioli, stuffed shells and gnocchi.

Clay Hartmann’s World Beer Company (2116 Greenville, 713.703.7598) has opened a retail location in the former Blarney Stone space on Lowest Greenville. After years of putting together its coveted beer gift buckets and baskets out of a Gaston Avenue office, WBC now has what Hartmann is calling a “coffee shop-meets-bar” locale. While still operating a booming gift basket company, the Greenville storefront (complete with big-screen TVs and a rich, dark wood-laden atmosphere) also serves as a bar with more than 400 beers from which to choose. There is a small selection of wine, including wine gift baskets — but don’t get the wrong idea, Hartmann insists they’re still beer men.

World Beer Company’s neighbor, Mextopia (2104 Greenville, 214.824.9400), and its owners, Michelle Andrie and Ricardo Avila, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Andrie has been busy lately with the opening of her new collaboration with yoga guru Jennifer Hensley, Lotus Yoga Dallas (6337 Prospect, 214.425.5343). Andrie and Hensley teamed up to turn Andrie’s former Priya Yoga into Lotus Yoga, a studio that offers a full experience from the healing benefits of therapeutic classes to the strength-building of core and Vinyasa flow classes. Stop by the open house from 2-6 p.m. June 18 and enjoy free classes, tunes from Travis Webb and treats from Mextopia and Times Ten Cellars (6324 Prospect, 214.824.9463), which just released its 2009 vintages of Cathedral Mountain — its vineyard in Alpine. You can now also find Times Ten wine at Steel, R&D Kitchen and Fish City Grill.

In other yoga news, Bikram Yoga Dallas (6333 E. Mockingbird, 214.824.YOGA) has unveiled its new-and-improved space, which includes a larger yoga room and expanded dressing rooms.

If you’d rather eat your way to bliss, check out Réne Peeters’ new Bistro Watel’s (6047 Lewis, 214.720.0323), in the former York Street space. Billed as a “cozy, gourmet restaurant featuring global cuisine with French roots,” this bistro features an ever-changing menu that reflects the heritage and travels of its chef/owner, René Peeters. Known for his two Lower Greenville restaurants, Watel’s World Piece Café and Bites Global Tapas and Wine Bar, Peeters has a unique cooking style with menus that change daily. When asked what drew him to the former York Street space, Peeters says, “It’s my ’hood, and I’ve been a fan of that location for a long time — when Felissa and Mike ran it, as well as when Sharon did.”

In closings news, Gaston’s Metro recently shut its doors after more than 40 years of business. Nearby on Henderson, The Shining jewelry store also has closed

Casa Linda Natural Grocers (9440 Garland, 214.321.4777) has officially opened in the former Casa Linda Theatre space; the redo left the historical theater’s marquee and facade in tact. “We wouldn’t think of changing that. Natural Grocers just put their sign in the marquee,” says Clay Evans of S.C. Companies (owners of the property). The new grocer, which keeps some unconventional hours (Monday-Saturday from 8:56 a.m.-8:04 p.m. and Sunday from 9:56 a.m.-6:06 p.m.), carries natural and organic foods. This is the Boulder-based company’s ninth store in Texas and third in the Metroplex.

Do you know of a neighborhood business renovating, expanding, moving, launching, hosting an event, celebrating an anniversary, offering a special or something else noteworthy? Send the information to or call 214.292.0487.

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Meghan Riney
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