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New java joint Austin-based coffee shop

Houndstooth will open soon at the southeast corner of Skillman and Oram, replacing the custom-framing store, Gallery Central, which will move into a space behind the coffee shop. Houndstooth owner, Richardson native Sean Henry, opened his original shop in May 2010 and styled the building around its custom-built, 1960s-Space-Race-inspired espresso machine. Its furniture is minimalist and modern. “One of the reasons I left our first place relatively blank is because we want coffee to be the experience and we want the people in the coffee shop to make it what it is,” Henry says. However, the new location in Lakewood will look different than the original, he says.

6108 Oram, Suite 10

Taco empire expands to Casa Linda Torchy’s Tacos in December opened its Casa Linda store and lured customers with free opening day tacos. This is Torchy’s fourth location in Dallas and 13th in the state. The eatery originated six years ago with a food truck in Austin, and the original three tacos are still on the menu.

Torchy’s Tacos
9440 Garland

Consumers love the gift of laughter

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts doesn’t carry a thing anyone needs, but shoppers can’t seem to get enough of the fun products they want. If goofy, sassy or sentimental accoutrements alone fail to fill customers with good cheer, the charismatic store owners Tony Doles and David Farris are guaranteed to inspire smiles. Despite opening their original Lake Highlands T. Hee boutique on the eve, practically, of the economic slump, the duo has managed to thrive. They opened a second store in Lakewood’s Hillside Village in 2010, and last month opened a third location in Preston Hollow, on Luther Lane in Preston Center.
T. Hee Greetings and Gifts
6465 E Mockingbird

Lake House looks more like a house now Local restaurateurs John Schmitz and Eric Paulsen, with the help of consultant and designer Cory Pope, have updated the façade of the former, short-lived Bicycle Café and plan to open Lake House restaurant in its place this month.
Lake House
7510 E. Northwest Hwy.

East Dallas designers take home accessory and art auctions to Facebook

Ashley Black and Susan Lacina, for about a decade now, have been helping Dallas dwellers prettify their living spaces. The women are the founders of Simply Done Interiors, a personal shopping business specializing in home accessories. Up until now, the duo’s business has spread via word of mouth, but they recently opened a Facebook page with plans to hold fixed-price auctions on Thursdays two to three times a month. In addition, Simply Done Interiors will showcase a local artist once a month, Black says, because they want to give up-and-coming artists a forum on which to display their art.
Simply Done Interiors

Neighborhood hospital has heart expertise

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake received the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that the hospital unfailingly treats heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology. The hospital also recently received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on improving cardiovascular care. Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9440 Poppy Drive

More business bits  

1. White Rock Abbey restaurant and bar is open at the northwest corner of Peavy and Garland, near White Rock Lake.

White Rock Abbey
9909 Garland Road

2. The longstanding self-serve car wash at Northwest Highway and Lake Highlands Drive is gone, and Kroger is finishing up construction on a fueling station that will take its place.

3. SMU grads and White Rock area entrepreneurs Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz recently opened Bowl & Barrel, an upscale bowling alley, at The Shops at Park Lane.
Bowl & Barrel
8084 Park Lane #145

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