It’s been a favorite of neighboring Lake Highlanders for years, and now White Rock Coffee (located on Northwest Highway near Ferndale) is adding another location in these parts. The second location is opening next month at the northeast corner of Abrams and Mockingbird (behind Chase Bank) and will be under the name White Rock Coffee Express. Added bonus: The new location will have a double drive thru.

Lakewood resident Candy Hearne, owner of Dulces Sueños (Sweet Dreams), is bringing Mexican artistry and life to Dallas through her line of colorful embroidered pillows. Inspired by a pillow embroidered with the words “Sweet Dreams”, given to her as a child by her mother, Hearne started out having a few made here and there for gifts and baby showers. From there, demand grew, and so did her business. All pillows are hand-embroidered in Mexico with messages in English or Spanish. Custom pieces with children’s names, date of birth or special passages are also available. You can find Hearne’s pillows at La Mariposa, the Mexican Import Shop at 2813 Henderson, where she also works part time. Or contact her at 214.228.5201 to have a custom gift created. Advocate readers can receive 20 percent off of Hearne’s goods (even at the import shop) — just mention the Advocate “Live Local” column.

Boyd Wallace, owner of Dallas Bike Works, has raced bikes for more than 14 years, and his bike retail and repair shop has been located at Skillman and Abrams for more than 20 years. This month Wallace is opening his second store near White Rock Lake in what was formerly PT’s Gentleman’s Club (Lawther Drive). Renovations have been underway for several months, and Wallace reconfigured the interior to include lots of retail space for bikes — ranging from hardcore mountain bike to strolling-leisurely-around-the-lake bikes — plus, of course, bike repair bays. For store hours visit

North Dallas-based Kitchen Designs Concepts recently purchased Kitchen Distributors of America (KDA) to expand their biz into the East Dallas area. Located at 6322 Gaston, just west of Abrams, the purchase meant an expansion of the company’s turn-key kitchen remodel offerings to include kitchen cabinetry and other components that allow updating without a complete makeover. One of Kitchen Design Concepts’ clients was featured on HGTV’s “Bang for Your Buck”, a show that pits three remodels against one another to see which project adds the most home value for the money. Designer and host Vern Yip deemed the makeover a “winner” that added $72,000 (an 80 percent return on investment) to the value of the home.

Little Forest Hills residents Frank and Debra Cortese are the owners of the endurance and triathlon coaching company Tri-Now Endurance. Four years ago, after losing their jobs on the same day, Debra says, “we knew we had an opportunity to make a choice between being unhappy for money or go on faith and pursue our dreams. It has been an experience addressing the many challenges of starting from scratch but we wouldn’t trade it for any amount of money!”  The Corteses recently kicked off their Team Tri-Now Club, with most of the workouts in this area. They also recently launched Punch Buggy Productions, so they could produce their own triathlons and 5ks. Check out their training programs at

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