Gardenscapes is 10 years old this year. From traditional English gardens to outdoor Zen meditation areas, owner and chief designer Delores Cullivan has seen it all.

“We started in Forest Hills, landscaping Tudor cottages,” she says. “Now, we’re all over Dallas, doing homes and offices. But East Dallas is home — we love the people, and the character of the neighborhoods.”

Her firm now designs and builds water features and pools, stonework and fencing, as well as landscaping. Cullivan has strong ties to the Dallas art community, and placing sculpture for her clients is something she says she particularly enjoys.

Has your pet ever been FURminated?

Phyllis Pastre, a Lakewood resident and owner of Aussie Pet Mobile Dallas, says the FURminator treatment for shedding control is popular for the summer months. You may have seen her Aussie Pet Mobile, which is a customized pet grooming facility on wheels, around town.

Pastre says she services a lot of elderly pets because of the stress-free process of the pet not having to travel or wait in a cage. Apparently, cat grooming is pretty common too. I’m thinking it’s a good alternative to hoisting a dirty pet into the car.

You can check out her standard and customizable packages at or call 214-PET-GROOM.

Chef Deb Crabb of Grace Cafe Catering is keeping busy these days. Crabb announced the new menu items for the fall season of the Lakewood Dinner Club, which begins in September.

Join the Club and have a home-cooked, fresh (never frozen) entrée or meal ready for pick up from Crabb’s house on Thursdays. Order and pay in advance for an entire season of meals and get a 10 percent discount. Or place your order Monday and pay per meal.

In addition to complete large and small dinners, Crabb is also adding Swingin’ Single Meals for smaller appetites or Moms and Pops that need a little help with meal preparation. Check out her new website

For the men out there who hate to get out to shop, retailer J Hilburn came up with the novel idea of bringing the shop to you. Since launching in 2007, J Hilburn has been offering discerning male shoppers custom-made shirts.

Lakewood resident, Catherine Chang is a J Hilburn style advisor. Chang meets customers in their homes or offices, takes some measurements, shows some swatches, yada, yada, yada, you’ve got polos, dress shirts or sweaters to go.

In the market? E-mail Chang at

Designer Christine Visneau, a neighborhood resident for six years, has opened a boutique on Junius next to the Garden Cafe. The Little Bean shop ( carries Visneau’s Baby Bean line (vintage children’s daywear) along with several other labels unique to Dallas.

Visneau started her clothing line five years ago, but this is her first children’s clothing store.

“This space came available, so we just decided to do it,” she says. “We love this space.”

She’s creating a studio in the back of the store, where she can work on her line and take custom orders.

Isabella Collection, ( an upscale luxury bedding brand, has opened a gallery in our neighborhood. You can preview their collection via their online catalog.

The design studio and store is located at 2000 Greenville (the intersection of Greenville and Oram), previously home to the short-lived Art and Lily, and before that, Ragwear.

Pout, a designer children’s line, allows you to host a “Pout Party” online.

An online party is similar to hosting a trunk show at your home. Instead, hosts simply invite friends to visit the website for a specified period of time, and both hosts and guests receive an exclusive discount.

Pout ( was launched by neighborhood sisters Jennifer Paradise and Molly Holley in 2008. Pout has some super-sweet little girls’ clothes ranging in size from six months to seven years. Pout also offers a variety of monogrammable outfits and gifts for both boys and girls.

Hacienda on Henderson opened in the old Cuquita’s spot at the end of July. Owners Patrick Tetrick, Chris Faulkner and Miles Zuniga have renovated the building, which was built as a house in 1943. Executive Chef Mike Dimas was formerly the special events chef at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Part of his menu includes tequilas infused with strawberries and pineapples, and habanero and jalapeno peppers. They also have live music and $5 margaritas.

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