The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

Pinot’s Palette now offers classes for tweens.

Pinot’s Palette launches family classes

Known for its seemingly adult B.Y.O.B. paint classes, Pinot’s Palette in Hillside Village has launched a series of family classes geared toward tweens. East Dallas resident and owner Stephanie Burgard says its first step was the launch of a monthly Family Day, where parents can either sit with their children and assist in their painting or leave them to their own creative devices. In December, Pinot’s Palette experimented with a Drop and Shop four-hour “camp,” during which parents left their children to paint and craft while they ran errands. Upon their return, their children had several gifts and crafts to take home, including holiday cards. Lastly, Pinot’s Palette has made plans for a Young Artist program that will launch this month. Here, children will get a snack and a painting lesson.

Pinot’s Palette
6465 E. Mockingbird

A new home for Matt’s Rancho Martinez

Some neighborhood residents were distraught to hear that Lakewood staple Matt’s Rancho Martinez would no longer be in Lakewood Shopping Center as of February 2012, but we now know that Matt’s is moving to the former The Consignment Solution space at 1904 Skillman and Live Oak. The Consignment Solution recently moved just across the street to 1931 Skillman (north of La Calle Doce and next to Cox’s Lock and Key). Paperbacks Plus, located behind it, also is moving. Employees say their building, which was purchased in 1994, was sold to a new owner who bought the adjacent shopping center. They noted that Paperbacks Plus is looking into other spots nearby and doesn’t plan to move very far.

Matt’s Rancho Martinez
6332 La Vista

The Consignment Solution
1931 Skillman

Paperbacks Plus
6115 La Vista

Swiss Avenue resident opens downtown restaurant

Swiss Avenue resident Eddie “Lucky” Campbell has opened a new restaurant, The Chesterfield, at 1404 Main. The Downtown restaurant is named after Chesterfield cigarettes and designed “after the barrooms of the early 1900’s … what is widely considered ‘The Golden Age of Cocktails.’”

Campbell is a well-known bartender who earned his reputation at The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

More business bits

1 Sol’s Nieto, the Tex-Mex restaurant at Mockingbird and Abrams, has closed. Its sister restaurant, Sol’s in Deep Ellum, closed earlier this year.

2 At the end of January, Another Time & Place on Henderson is closing the doors of both its Dallas and McKinney locations, and store merchandise is 60 percent off until then. The Plano location will remain open.

Another Time & Place
2815 N. Henderson

3 Granada Theater’s new restaurant and beer garden, Sundown at Granada (which recently opened in the former M Street Bar space), features a wall of scrap wood donated by neighbors.

Sundown at Granada
3520 Greenville

4 Lower Greenville’s Company Café has opened a second location near the Katy Trail at 3136 Routh, Company Café on the Trail. It features the same healthy, organic fare as the original location plus some extras such a variety of smoked fish and meat from an in-house wood smoker.

Company Café
2217 Greenville

Company Café on the Trail
3136 Routh

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