The four-legged bellboy

Higgins Bottomley has come a long way in the year since his humble beginnings at a shelter. The beagle mix now lives a posh life as the new director of pet relations at the Hotel Palomar on Mockingbird and Central Expressway.

The foster mother

Cindy Embrey opened Avenue Barket, the Lower Greenville pet store, about two-and-a-half years ago. Since then, she has become the point person for lost and stray dogs in the neighborhood.

Local coffee

Kevin says. This passion for coffee and roasting beans has become a business venture for the couple. They started their business, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, about a year and a half ago, after the company they both worked for closed and they lost their jobs.

Delicious: Sports bars

Despite its namesake, White Rock Sports Bar isn’t your typical sports bar. “I tell people it’s more of a neighborhood bar with nine TVs,”
owner J.D. Stevens says. It’s a quiet, no-frills spot, but you can bet the sound will be on during Cowboys, Mavericks or Rangers games. Stevens opened the bar about six years ago.