The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses
California firm buys (most of) Henderson Avenue
East Dallas’ Andres family, which has owned parts of Henderson Avenue and lowest Greenville for almost 40 years, has sold its Henderson Avenue holdings to a real estate investment firm in Los Angeles. The Andres have been instrumental in redeveloping Henderson. Read columnist Jeff Siegel’s take on the sale.
Walmart opening under Lower Greenville coalition recommendations
The Walmart Neighborhood Market store on Lower Greenville, set to open Oct. 17, will follow wishes expressed by a coalition of six neighborhood associations. The city just spent around $1.3 million to gussy up Lower Greenville from Richmond to Lewis, giving it a more pedestrian-friendly feel. Walmart agreed to create a landscaping plan with evergreen trees and shrubs. Plans call for replacing the sidewalk and adding multicolored pavers to jibe with the streetscape along the improved stretch of Lower Greenville. Walmart also committed to using the latest lighting technology available to reduce light pollution, and the retailer vowed to hire a security firm to keep the parking lot safe at night.
Green Beans now toy boutique
Green Beans at the northwest corner of Mockingbird and Abrams opened as a resale boutique in 2009, but recently reopened as a toy boutique. The consignment and resale concept “just wasn’t really working out for us,” says Green Beans employee Quinn Coffman. But the toy section of the store was more successful, so that’s where Green Beans decided to refocus. It is now Green Beans Toy Boutique, selling toys for children from newborns up to 13 years of age. The store no longer carries clothes, but still has hair bows and such.
6333 E. Mockingbird, STE. 151, 214.887.1177
Sunflower completes conversion to Sprouts
Sprouts Farmers Market acquired all Sunflower Farmers Markets including Sunflower, the all-natural grocery store at Henderson and Ross. Sprouts’s acquisition increased it to a $2 billion dollar company in eight states. Also, as Sunflower and Sprouts merged, the corporations auctioned off excess equipment and donated $100,000 of the earnings to the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting victims.
1800 North Henderson, 214.826.2937
Moreno family plans upscale concept
The Moreno family of La Popular Tamale House is planning an upscale new restaurant they hope will help revitalize the Old East Dallas neighborhood. The restaurant, Peak & Elm, is expected to open at 132 N. Peak this coming February. Peak & Elm will specialize in contemporary Mexican cuisine and feature locally sourced ingredients.
5004 columbia, 214.824.7617
More business bits
1 WingSpan Theatre Company, which performs regularly at the Bath House Cultural Center, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
2 The new Tommy Terrific’s Carwash opened at 5021 Ross. Tommy Terrific’s has another location on Forest near Marsh.
3 Adjust Chiropractic opens in early October in the White Rock Lake Plaza near Hypnotic Donuts.
9041 Garland, 214.922.8844
4 Urban Spools opened a sewing lounge on North Buckner in the Lake Highlands Village shopping center and is now offering sewing classes and holding a Friday night stitching club.
718 N. Buckner, 214.810.1176
5 Alfonso’s Italian restaurant, also in Lake Highlands Village, celebrates 30 years in business this month. On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, owner Pete Columbo will roll back the prices to his original 1982 menu.
718 N. Buckner, 214.327.7777
6 After 70 years on North Henderson, Alamo Glass is moving. The neighborhood mix has changed from neighborhood services to a vortex of trendy restaurants and nightlife spots.
7 The Londoner Pub is opening in the space where Korean-inspired eatery Rohst used to be, at 2817 Greenville. This new Londoner joins existing ones in Uptown, Addison, Frisco and Allen.
8 Lakewood shopping center children’s boutique Bebe Grand has closed, and is expected to open in October as a new concept.
9 The former Bicycle Café, located at Northwest Highway and West Lawther, will reopen in November under new ownership and the name Lake House.
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