Preston Hollow People July 2021

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JULY 2021 VOLUME 17 NO. 7




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We celebrate private school graduates this issue in the first of two Class of 2021 packages. PAGES 26-27 PHOTO: BONNELLY PHOTOGRAPHY




Kleinman out of office, not retired

Too many guests? Add a hut

Christy Rost returns with pie recipe




Contents News ......................................... 4

Business .................................. 16

Living........................................ 30

Crime ......................................... 6

Real Estate .............................. 24

Classifieds ............................... 35

Community .............................. 10

Schools .................................... 26

4th of July Coloring Book . Section B

Sports ...................................... 14

Society .................................... 29

2 July 2021 |





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he Fourth of July is a pretty big deal in a normal year, but after so many festivities were reimagined (how many times did we use that word in 18 months?) last year at the height of the pandemic, we expect this year people will really flex those patriotic muscles. And we want you to share that flex with us. Send us your photos from your parades, barbecues, fireworks watching, and more. Email us at, and you could see yourself on our website in the coming weeks — or our weekly newsletters. Speaking of, if you aren’t a regular visitor, you might have missed a few interesting stories that you won’t find in the pages of the issue you’re holding. For instance, you may have missed some of our coverage of the 87th legislative session, which included the passage of the socalled “anti-critical race theory” House Bill 3979. If you missed that, you missed our coverage of the overnight (literally) debates about the genesis of the bill, including the insistence of the bill’s authors that it was prompted in part by the book Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, written by Anastasia Higginbotham. Both State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands), the bill’s author, and State Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), the bill’s sponsor, insisted that the book was being taught at Highland Park ISD. State Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas), whose district includes the Park Cities, took Hughes to task for his assertion that HPISD

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Senior Account Executive Kim Hurmis

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Account Executives Tana Hunter Quita Johnson Evelyn Wolff

Distribution Mike Reinbolt

Deputy Editor Rachel Snyder

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Also check out: Want to buy a piece of Dallas Cowboys history? Allie Beth Allman has the listing for the Preston Hollow/Devonshire home that belonged to the late Tom and Alicia Landry and we have the details in our real estate section. Sports editor Todd Jorgenson sussed out the Highland Park connections to the new Luke Wilson flick 12 Mighty Orphans — you can read it in our sports section. Missing Dallas ISD graduations? Thanks to a late start this school year, the district’s graduation ceremonies for W.T. White, Hillcrest, and Thomas Jefferson didn’t align with our July production schedule. See coverage of each ceremony in our schools section online, and see highlights in our August print issue of Preston Hollow People.


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was teaching from this book, telling him that he checked, and it’s not on the curriculum, nor is it in any school library. Hughes said that he was told by a parent that a teacher recommended the book. “It’s one teacher, one kid, one book, and one district and one time at best — and we don’t even know if that’s true,” Johnson said. “If you’re wondering what’s going on in my district, that’s not it.” We talked to the book’s author, too, who says the debate about the book illustrates the need for it. “It’s strange because there’s so much distortion involved,” she said. You can read our coverage at txlege-2021.

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Dallas company builds virtual world for hybrid campus students By Bethany Erickson


t may look like a game, but when students “walk” into the new Dallas Hybrid Preparatory at Stephen J. Hay this August, they’ll step into a virtual world designed to not only mimic the feel of going to school but also to tailor lessons to their interests. STEMuli CEO Taylor Shead said her Dallas-based company aims to create a right-sized learning environment for every student and make it a little easier for teachers, too. “One principal told me, ‘Taylor, I counted how many apps I have to use these days — it was 23,’” Shead said. “So, we talked to administrators as well as teachers in order to build a way that their lesson planning, instructional calendars, grades, and attendance in one pretty interface that connects those tools on the back end.” The project has districtwide implications and grows from Dallas Education Foundation and Dallas ISD goals set before it became clear the platform would go in a hybrid school, Shead said. “They were like, ‘We don’t want to put a band-aid over the pandemic. We

want to go forward. We don’t ever want to go back to the old normal.” Shead anticipates a platform able to scale across all Dallas ISD schools in some fashion and perhaps eventually statewide. “We have no idea what that exactly looks like, but we’re probably going to do a pilot test at Conrad High School next year as well in order to understand what this could look like in high school,” she said. Sound cool? Yes. But it’s not only fun and games, Shead said. “People should understand that Fortnite and Minecraft and all these video games produce so much data on what players like to do, like where they’re looking, where they’re spending their time.” Similarly, using data can improve the already popular personalized learning approach by being even more responsive to student interests. “Traditionally, what personalized learning means is like, if you ask me a series of questions, depending on how I answer, I get a next series of questions pertaining to that answer, but this is different,” she said. “I want a student in fourth grade to be able to tell

Students attending the new Dallas Hybrid Preparatory at Stephen J. Hay will spend three days a week learning in a virtual environment created by Dallas-based STEMuli. (PHOTOS: COURTESY STEMULI/SCREENGRABS )


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Neighbors decry removal of Colgate Avenue trees By Rachel Snyder

The removal of 13 trees lining Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church’s west parking lot facing Colgate Avenue has upset some nearby residents. “They were protected trees,” complained Preston Whisenant, who called them “an important buffer between” homes and nonresidential activities. With work ready to begin on a Preston Center mixed-use development on churchowned land, crews removed the trees from city-owned land in May.

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church removed 13 trees lining its west parking lot facing Colgate Avenue. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER) “We want the church to admit they were wrong, and we need them to commit to replacing the (trees) that were removed,” Whisenant said. However, a church spokesperson said a certified arborist told church leaders that February’s winter storm irreparably damaged the

trees planted by the church two decades ago. “We were deeply saddened by this assessment,” said Melodie Elliott of Sunwest Communications. “We are thankful that the older, more mature Live Oaks on the east portion of Colgate survived.” The church also has consulted with the city

See more of what the school day will look like for students at the Dallas Hybrid Preparatory at Stephen J. Hay, and read more of our conversation with Taylor Shead at

of Dallas, Elliott added. “We are working towards an appropriate resolution to the sad loss of these beloved trees.” Whisenant informed Dallas City Council member Jennifer Gates’ office, before she left office, that the trees didn’t appear to be dead. He also inquired about whether their removal complied with city code. Gates’ office provided an update from the city arborist Preston Willms, who described the trees’ removal as unauthorized. “We are holding the property owner responsible for full tree mitigation for the loss of the trees,” Willms said in a memo. “If they cannot prove their case for removal by natural death or decline, then we will require the replacement of inches of trees removed by planting and/or by payment in lieu of planting.” The city will want to resolve the issue before building permits are issued, and tree replacement would require careful scheduling, he said. “We need to assure any trees installed in the location are not damaged from construction activity.” | July 2021  5

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6 July 2021 |

Crime Reports May 10 – June 6 May 10

May 23

Before 5:04 p.m., a crook claimed contents from a Milestone Electric vehicle whose crew was “fixing it in a flash” at a home in the 4700 block of Crooked Lane.

Discovered at 1:32 p.m.: A guest of the Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa on Preston Road left behind drugs and drug paraphernalia.

May 11 Reported at 6:29 p.m.: A robber “postured as if he had a weapon” and demanded cash from the register at Texaco at Preston Road and LBJ Freeway.

May 24 The unclean getaway: A burglary in progress call at 6:33 p.m. led to the quick arrest of a man (age not provided) at Forest Car Wash & Detail on Forest Lane at the North Dallas Tollway.

May 13 A 54-year-old Highland Park man at 9:42 p.m. reported seeing a prowler in the garage of a vacant house in the 5500 block of Ursula Lane. The mischief-maker fled police in a vehicle.

May 25 Officers responded at 10:21 a.m. to a “major disturbance (violence)” call at a 44-year-old man’s home in the 7000 block of Yamini Drive, but the intruder had fled.

May 14 Reported at 4:14 p.m.: a bad break for a 59-year-old man at the Market at Preston Forest. A vandal smashed his vehicle window.

May 26 Reported at 4:30 p.m.: easy pickings. A thief took tools from the bed of a 36-yearold Carrolton man’s pickup truck at a home in the 6400 block of Mimosa Lane.

May 15 Before 3:48 p.m., hammer-wielding robbers attacked and stole from a 49-year-old Denton man near the Hilton Dallas/Park Cities on Luther Lane.

May 27 Reported at 5:34 p.m.: storage withdraw. A burglar removed contents from a 52-yearold Lewisville woman’s unit at Public Storage at Inwood Road and Lemmon Avenue.

May 17 Officers responded at 1:10 p.m. to a burglary in progress at a home in the 7100 block of Mimosa Lane and discovered damage to a 48-year-old man’s property.

May 28 Reported at 7:34 p.m.: a frightful encounter for a 50-year-old Fort Worth man who had a pistol pointed at him at Preston Valley Shopping Center.

May 18 Not cool! Before 11:48 a.m., a prowler stole from a Crawford Services of Grand Prairie vehicle, making an HVAC call in the 9400 block of Meadowbrook Drive. Theft from the company also occurred during a call in the 4100 block of Royal Ridge Drive.

May 30 A suspicious person making an uninvited visit to a home in the 5400 block of Deloache Avenue received a criminal trespassing warning at 12:43 p.m.

May 19 Discovered at 8:40 a.m.: damage to a 66-year-old man’s vehicle after someone rammed a shopping cart into it at Preston Forest Square. May 22 Didn’t get the picture? At 7:20 p.m., an unwelcomed guest returned to Touchstone Imaging on Forest Lane near Central Expressway despite an earlier warning to leave and stay away.

June 2 Before 7:59 a.m., a thief took the license plate off a 62-year-old man’s vehicle at a home in the 11100 block of Russwood Circle. June 5 Reported at 5:08 p.m.: A vandal armed with spray paint tagged a 64-year-old man’s vehicle on June 4 at a home in the 6600 block of Del Norte Lane.

June 6 Reported at 1:15 p.m.: A woman from the 12000 block of Inwood Road received an “explicit message.”

SKULDUGGERY of the MONTH: LOST & FOUND & LOST At 8:30 a.m. June 6, officers found a vehicle stolen in Addison in front of a home in the 5700 block of West Hanover Avenue. The thief got away – though more slowly than intended. The crook, unable to start a motorcycle, fled on foot.


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Lee Kleinman City Council Exit Interview: Not Exactly Retired By Bethany Erickson

hard, because that’s a big part of how I like to engage with the district.

Counting his time on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, Lee Kleinman has been serving constituents in District 11 for nearly 13 years — and while his tenure on the city council ended in June, he’s not quite ready to retire.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions about D11? I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that it’s such a suburban district and dominated by single-family homes. And in reality, half the district is rental apartments. And generally, when those apartments were built, they were built anywhere from 40 to 60 years ago. So we have a lot of aging apartment stock that needs to be addressed in the city and in the district.

When the pandemic hit, that kind of one-onone contact really got shut down, and that was really hard, because that’s a big part of how I like to engage with the district. Lee Kleinman “I think short term, the plan is some well-deserved downtime,” he said just before the June 5 runoff election, where Jaynie Schultz prevailed over Barry Wernick to become Kleinman’s successor. “I’ve kind of still got 10 years of work left in me. All my career opportunities are clearly in Dallas and not anywhere else. So despite the fact that much has been made about the fact that I’ve got a vacation home in Colorado, I’m not moving out there — as much as I would like to.” This last term of yours has had some significant things that have happened to the city

Before his tenure as a Dallas city councilman came to an end, Lee Kleinman joined other city leaders, state dignitaries, and residents to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Northaven Trail Bridge that will cross U.S. 75. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) and your district — a tornado, a pandemic. What is it like to have to kind of shepherd your district through twin disasters within a year of each other? It definitely had its challenges, especially with the pandemic — we’re operating from home and didn’t have the opportunity to go out and have community meetings and,

you know, give someone a hug because their house just got wrecked. When the tornado (in 2019) went through, we went to all the neighborhoods. I talked to people and just tried to give assistance where I could — a lot of it was moral support. But when the pandemic hit, that kind of one-on-one contact really got shut down, and that was really

Jennifer Gates talked about how so many projects are about having to be OK with the fact that you may not be the one that sees it all the way through to the end — you’re probably going to hand it off. Oh, but you pick it up from somebody else also. And that’s what I’ve frequently said to incoming council members, as well as even people that sit on our boards of commissions — “Pick it up where it is and get it across the goal line and take credit for it because, you know, your predecessor did that, and your successors will do that.”

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Community “I Am Luney: The Untold Story of the World’s Naughtiest Man” By Josh Hickman $14.99 First, let me apologize for the headlines I’ve run on top of Hickman’s recent stories in our papers. They were nowhere as entertaining as the ones this comic novelist puts on his books. The Highland Park author returned to the area several months ago after 14 years in Los Angeles. His latest book begs the question: Just how “naughty” is it? “It’s not really naughty at all,” Hickman assured me. “Tame by the standards of today. It’s a comic novel. Much of the humor comes from the mundane ‘crimes’ the title character is accused of committing.” Here’s how the press release describes the book: “From his beginnings as a rebellious child of means through his later years as an elusive recluse, Luney’s life explodes across the page through various moral scandals, naughty religious cults, thrilling séances, and lusty romances, and his increasingly obsessive search for a fabled Elixir of Life.” Oh my!

LEFT: Aunt Sammie the clown blows balloons for children at the 1996 Russwood Acres parade. (PHOTO: STEVE DELAFIELD) TOP, RIGHT: Jessica Calicut, the 1992 Elderwood Miss Liberty, leads the neighborhood parade. (PHOTO:DAVIDWESTAPHER) BOTTOM, RIGHT: Children take part in Greenway Park’s 1990 Fourth of July Parade. (PHOTO: RENEE EVANS).

‘THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR’ IN PRESTON HOLLOW Newspaper archives preserve tales of long-standing July Fourth traditions


n my house, the Fourth of July is a – capital “B” – Big Deal. We refer to it as “the best day of the year,” and preparations begin months in advance. We have designated outfits for the day, even our dog, and our house over flows with glowstic ks and beads. My family MADDIE STOUT knows how to celebrate our country’s birthday, and those celebrations would not be complete without a trip to the Preston Hollow North Fourth of July parade. I first moved to Preston Hollow when I was 6, and almost every year since then, I’ve been an active participant in the parade. I remember decorating my bike with red, white, and blue tinsel and fans, playing with other neighborhood children, and, of course, riding the miniature train around Preston Hollow Elementary. The parade is a central part of my Fourth of July experience, but its roots stretch far beyond my 17-year-old memory. Here’s what I found after a few hours

exploring Independence Day coverage in People Newspapers’ archives. The first Preston Hollow North Fourth of July Parade occurred over 20 years ago, boasting some of the same attractions it does today. In 2000, the parade offered arts and crafts, a magic show, and visits from the local fire department, among other things. Children also decorated their bikes, and themselves, for contests, a longstanding tradition. However, the Preston Hollow North parade is far from the only, or the first, Fourth of July celebration in Preston Hollow. Many Homeowner’s Associations have hosted their parades for decades, all of which have long and storied histories. The Elderwood Drive parade, one of the oldest in Preston Hollow, began in 1962. The parade’s longest-standing tradition is the Statue of Liberty float that leads the festivities, ridden by the year’s “Miss Liberty.” Each year, a young girl crowned with the title rides the float dressed as the statue. In 1992, the parade received representatives from both the Dallas Fire Department and the Salvation Army, whose band played patriotic music on Elderwood

Street during the celebrations. The Russwood Acres Parade, which began in 1987, has served as a neighborhood get-together for generations. Through the years, it has entertained with clowns and vintage cars.

The parade is a central part of my Fourth of July experience, but its roots stretch far beyond my 17-year-old memory. With the many homeowners’ associations spanning Preston Hollow, there plenty of opportunities to spend “the best day of the year.” While I may be partial to Preston Hollow North, you are sure to find an amazing celebration rooted in tradition no matter where you go. Maddie Stout, co-editor of her campus newspaper, will begin her senior year at The Hockaday School in August.

“Deadly Dallas: A History of Unfortunate Incidents and Grisly Fatalities” By Rusty Williams $21.99 Didn’t get enough “grisliness” in 2020-21? A former journalist will take readers back a dozen decades to explore tragic events, most of which occurred before the Park Cities incorporated. Williams, an award-winning writer-historian, has authored multiple books and written stories for the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express, and Associated Press. His latest book comes out near the end of June. According to publicity materials, it chronicles “heartbreaking and bizarre forms in which death stalked Dallas at the turn of the century.”

“CH is the Most Challenging Sound” By Cynthia Marlow and Michelle Marlow Illustrated by Megan Skeels $21.95 In 2019, we introduced this children’s series by two sisters-in-law who combined their interest in education and love for North Texas to create fun stories aimed at helping children with speech impediments. They are back at it with their latest volume, published this spring. The fun tale of Charley, a young girl who desperately wants to win her school charity contest to get to the State Fair of Texas, includes “secret tips” for tackling her troubles with the CH sound. – Compiled by William Taylor | July 2021  11

Columnist Must Take a Break Will this Fourth of July be Liberty Day? Will masks become a choice instead of a mandate? Will the go ver nment back out of our lives, and the citizens begin to feel LEN BOURLAND some self-governance? Hard to know. But at least for a while, with schools neither in session nor Zoomed, here’s hoping kids are playing outside without masks. I long to hear shrieks of laughter and people singing patriotic songs without being muffled. A pandemic is too amorphous an enemy to declare victory and have ticker-tape parades. Yet optimism abounds. Ironically just as all are unmasking, I’ll be donning one. In the blink of an eye, following a routine endoscopy, a large tumor was discovered in my esophagus. That adage, “first you cry,” didn’t hold true. Disbelief and incredulity, but the speed with which my family and family of friends helped me with a plan, was truly humbling. It’s a terrible way to hear from and see everyone you care about, but I’ve never felt so encircled. People of faith, my clergy, my friends, and my family have helped stay the nausea, the queasiness, the fatigue, the blahs. I live on a feeding machine for the next several weeks or months; I juggle medications and tubes like a mixologist; I sleep a lot. Swallowing is a luxury. But there are so many gifts. Humor. The first time my sorority sister and I tried to wrestle the lines and hoses of the feed bag that churns a milk drink into my gut, we looked like Lucy and Ethel in a skit. When an old neighbor came to stay, we looked at wigs and got the giggles. The cards people find are seriously funny. And sweet. And inspirational. And real. No chit-chat with cancer. Love. Constantly, I am amazed at what is being done for me. Ladies have organized radiation and chemo carpools, make sure I’m never alone for stretches at a time, have not fled from the unpleasantness that is cancer. The many kindnesses from all sorts of people are what bring me to tears. Not selfpity. Why me? Why not me? Why anybody? I don’t hate much, but I do hate evil cancer. So while my columns may take a break, please feel free to follow my journey, which is at once singular and familiar. Every day has a gift. This July, mine is that chemo ends. Columnist Len Bourland is journaling on her page on

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True story: Jay Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Cole saved me from That computerized system was somebecoming a bridez- thing of a game-changer. The day I volunilla. teered was my first opportunity to see it At the time — in action. A family would apply with the more than a decade organization for assistance, and an intake BETHANY ago — Jay was serv- staff member would make note of how E R I C KS O N ing two roles: exec- many were in the family, their ages, and acutive director of Crossroads Communi- tivity levels. Then the computer would take ty Services and associate minister at First all of that, figure out how many calories United Methodist Church-Dallas. each person would need, and a list of food My husband and I appreciated his work, items would pop up on a printer among the and there wasn’t much debate about who aisles of canned goods, rice, beans, and othwould perform our ceremony. er food. Cole, our calm It was a science and a ministry. counselor, led us In 2006, Crossthrough meetings roads pioneered a designed to make new hub-and-spoke sure we really did model of food diswant to get married and you know, tribution to low-inshould get married. come neighbors, Then, a week beengaging commufore the wedding, nities, churches, he gave me an even and other locations greater gift - the opin becoming Comportunity to work munity Distribution Partners. And off nervous energy by 2011, Crossby doing something roads became an ofthat wasn’t about ficial NTFB Hub. me by volunteering It moved into its at Crossroads, helping families walk Jay Cole, here with North Texas Food Bank 72,000 square-foot through their aisles senior management of partner development Cockrell Hill Road of choices. Sara Gorath, recently retired from Crossroads location in 2019. From its incep- Community Services after nearly two decades “For over 18 tion, Crossroads was with the organization. (COURTESY CROSSROADS years, Jay Cole led the Hillcrest High COMMUNITY SERVICES) Crossroads as a faithful servant leadSchool (and later SMU Perkins School of Theology) grad- er,” said Camille Grimes, Dallas Morning uate’s ministry, built for the people who, News charities executive director. “All along as he frequently put it, “ended up with the way, he has offered compassion and hope more month than paycheck.” He helped that instills dignity in those served.” FUMC-Dallas open Crossroads in 2001, and served as its executive director since HELP FEED DALLAS 2003. He retired this spring, leaving behind a legacy that will be continued by new Make a standing appointment to volunteer at Crossroads Community executive director Benaye Wadkins Rogers. Services - as often as once a week, or It’s safe to say that while the support of even once a month, and as an individual the church and many volunteers and staffor as a group. ers created the growth of the agency, the ship was steered by Jay and his vision for Donate - every $1 donated buys four making food distribution equitable, effimeals. cient, and loving. Add Crossroads Community Services to In 2005, Crossroads created the first your Amazon account at computerized system in the U.S. to help com. clients select the appropriate amount and kinds of food based upon each household For more details (and more ways to help) member’s age, gender, and activity level go to — following the recommendations of the

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Dallas CEO Urges Help for India Arun Agarwal’s Preston Hollow neighbors donate for Jaipur By Josh Hickman

PPE company Nextt Shield donating $500,000 worth of PPE to Jaipur as part of the effort. The CEO of Dallas-based multimil“We were very successful in making the lion-dollar textile business Nextt still has quick change, servicing over 100 million family and friends in Jaipur, India, a 3.1 mil- units of PPE right from the state of Texas,” lion-resident city recently devastated by the Agarwal said. Nextt Shield clients include pandemic. organizations, hospitals, school districts, “Every morning, I would be scared to and universities across the United States. He also is using his network to secure look at my phone, not knowing what bad news I might be getting,” Preston Hollow res- more donations for other organizations ident Arun Agarwal said, to provide additional thinking back to when funds to India outside COVID-19 first hit his the recently announced hometown full-force. relief effort. A noted philanthropist “With the mayor’s and supporter of many initiative, not a single nonprofits — 2016 winner dime is being spent of the Bert Tonkin Gift of from a city budget; it’s Giving Award — as well all private contributions,” Agarwal said. as a leading businessman, Agarwal altered his busi“The Dallas Foundaness to supply growing tion partnering became really key in helpCOVID-19 emergency needs. ing us get help from “We realized 90% of Arun Agarwal’s textile business mainstream Dallasites. Nextt pivoted to provide personal the PPE is fabric-based,” Small individual conprotective equipment. (COURTESY PHOTO) tributions really show Agarwal noted, “so why that the initiative city can’t we just pivot and change our manufacturing from making leaders take can really help. They are really sheets to PPE?” philanthropic.” Mayor Eric Johnson invited Agarwal Agarwal sees himself as fortunate to to help with the city of Dallas’ Jaipur Ini- have a business that can help. tiative relief effort. The partnership to assist “It gravitates you more and more to Jaipur during a surge of COVID-19 cases give back and ask, ‘What more we can do includes the Dallas Foundation and the In- with what is happening in the world?’ Todian American CEO Council, co-founded day we are helping India, but hopefully, and chaired by Agarwal. that helps us too by that variant not coming here,” he said. “If that would have happened initially in some of the countries where it was, it would not have become a global pandemic. It’s like the Indian belief of karma — I don’t know if I am paying forward or repaying for something good done to me. Though it’s very personal to me, it’s very fulfilling and gratifying to impart the lessons of a global citizen, for we are all global citizens.”

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“Many of the initial major contributors to the initiative were neighbors and friends from Preston Hollow,” Agarwal said. The Jaipur Initiative has already raised over $1 million, with Agarwal’s

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Annual St. Mark’s meet is an elite decathlon, heptathlon showcase By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers



The Texas Greatest Athlete meet includes the decathlon for men, and the heptathlon for women. The events, contested over two days in a specific order, break down as follows:

n 1999, John Turek started hosting an annual decathlon and heptathlon at St. Mark’s to introduce young athletes to the multi-event competitions not often held at the high school level. More than two decades later, the Texas Greatest Athlete meet has evolved from a developmental clinic into a valuable tuneup for elite international competitors and Olympic hopefuls.

Within the track and field community, the combined events are very unique. John Turek This year’s 20th annual event, held on June 5-6, brought a record 51 athletes in both open and youth divisions. Turek, the longtime track and field coach at St. Mark’s, was asked by USA Track and Field officials to expand the meet in 2006, giving top athletes a chance to compete a few weeks before the world championships (typically in odd-numbered years) or the U.S. Olympic trials — both held in late June.

The 100-meter dash kicked off the open division of Texas Greatest Athlete decathlon competition on June 5 at St. Mark’s. (PHOTO: CHRIS MCGATHEY) “Every Olympic year, people tend to come out of the woodwork to give it one last shot,” said Turek, a former decathlete himself. “There (are) also people trying to get a score to hit the Olympic qualifying standard.” This year’s field included Solomon Simmons, who finished eighth in the decathlon at the world championships in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The California native hopes to be competing this summer at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ditto for decathlete Scott Filip and heptathlete Ashtin Mahler,

who won an NCAA title at the University of Texas in 2019. The meet has not strayed from its original mission, either, retaining divisions for boys and girls learning the unique nature of the grueling two-day decathlon (10 events for men) and heptathlon (seven events for women). “Within the track and field community, the combined events are very unique,” Turek said. “The camaraderie among the athletes is unparalleled. It’s not really competing against each other. It’s competing against the score. It’s a

whole different mindset.” Turning heads this year was Louisiana native Ariel Pedigo, the top teenage heptathlete in the country, whose total score broke a 20-year-old meet record. For the first time in 2021, the meet was renamed in honor of John Green, longtime USATF administrator and Turek’s friend and mentor. Green died in March. “He was invaluable to USA Track and Field. He never said no,” Turek said. “He oversaw the development of men and women who were just below world-class.

Decathlon 100 meters Long jump Shot put High jump 400 meters 110 hurdles Discus Pole vault Javelin 1,500 meters Heptathlon 100 hurdles High jump Shot put 200 meters Long jump Javelin 800 meters He also sat on several committees. He wore a lot of different hats in a lot of different venues. He was a great communicator and great mediator and had tremendous foresight.”

Major Goals: Recent Results Renew Confidence for Spieth

After COVID break and Byron Nelson finish, Preston Hollow resident aims for big summer By Todd Jorgenson People Newspapers


Jordan Spieth has been trending upward this season on the PGA Tour, even though wins in his backyard remain elusive. Spieth is a three-time major champion and former FedEx Cup winner. This season, he won the Texas Open in San Antonio, finished third at the Masters, was second at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, and has eight top-ten showings in 19 starts. His struggles at AT&T Byron Nelson are well documented. The Preston Hollow resident and former Jesuit standout has played the local tournament 10 times in his career, more than any other stop on tour. AlmostPCP_July2021-1x10Banner-draft3.1.pdf every time, he’s among1 the fa6/10/2021 vorites and draws the largest galleries, but he’s never been a factor on Sunday. This

year, Spieth placed ninth — his best finish since debuting in 2010 at age 16. “I’m happy with kind of the way things turned out for the week as a whole,” Spieth said. “The tournament was great out here, and after having a month off just kind of coming out and hitting a lot of good shots, picking back up where I left off, was a big confidence boost.” That month was due in part to a post-Masters case of COVID-19 that sent Spieth, 27, to the sidelines unexpectedly. “It just kind of set me back a little. I wasn’t planning on taking a month off in the spring,” he said. “I had to quarantine away from my wife — in the same house, which was interesting. I know a lot of people have had to do that over the last year or so. I guess it certainly could have been worse, 12:35:41 PM and so I was lucky with that.” Spieth, 27, played the first two rounds in a threesome with two up-and-coming local

stars, Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris — each still seeking their first victory on tour. “They’re both obviously incredibly talented,” Spieth said. “I remembered being on the green in the group with these guys when I was 13, and they were 11. So what a kind of cool experience to see that now and obviously the success they’ve had.” The quality of the tournament field increased this year with a relocation to TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney after a lackluster two-year stint at Preston Forest in Dallas and a cancellation in 2020. “It’s exciting to see so many top guys coming back to Dallas. Obviously, as somebody who plays it every year, I would love for all the top players to come here,” Spieth said. “From the way I look at it, it’s just nice to have people come to the tournament that I grew up going to and seeing the best players come in.”











Jordan Spieth enjoyed a career-best finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May, when the tournament relocated to TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. (PHOTO: COURTESY PGA TOUR)

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FUN FASHION FINDS: BERKLEY CLOTHING AND EMPOWERED COWGIRL New York designer draws on Texas roots for inspiration By Maddie Spera

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Loren Heller and Hillary Cullum started the luxury activewear line Berkley Clothing. Visit to learn more. (PHOTOS: COURTESY BERKLEY CLOTHING)

They got leggings and know moms-to-be can use them By Rachel Snyder


niversity Park’s Loren Heller had trouble finding maternity activewear leggings while pregnant with her daughter, Leighton, so she and f riend Hillary Cullum started their Berkley line in 2020. “What existed was what ... I term ‘throwaway leggings’ — intended to be worn for a short period of time,” Heller said. “I did what most women do, which is buy something two sizes too big.” Heller and Cullum met while working for Neiman Marcus in Colorado about 15 years ago. Neiman Marcus eventually brought the pair to Dallas. They started work on their line of luxury maternity leggings in 2019. The first, named the Janey and the Cindy after Heller and Cullum’s mothers, feature four-way stretch and come in trendy prints. “(We) spent the next year and a half perfecting the perfect pair

of maternity leggings,” Heller said. “We started with the leggings as the most essential part of our assortment.”

Women struggle finding clothing that makes them feel like who they are during their pregnancy. Hillary Cullum Cullum said they sought to fill a gap in the activewear market. “ When Loren brought the idea to me, we did research (on) what was out there,” she said. “The (activewear) market is really penetrated, and there are lots of options ... (but) when you become pregnant, that’s really not available to you anymore.” Heller said they sought to empower women with their

clothing line. “Our heart and souls are in every aspect of the design,” she said. “Women struggle finding clothing that makes them feel like who they are during their pregnancy.” Cullum said they designed their leggings to take women through pregnancy and postpartum times. The COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges as the pair were working on launching their brand. “Berkley is designed in Dallas and made in LA. During the shutdown, it made it very difficult to get anything moving quickly,” Heller said. “What would have taken us a couple months took us basically a year.” The shift to working f rom home also added to the importance of their goal of providing comfortable, functional activewear, Heller said. In the future, they hope to launch tops to go with their leggings and partner with retailers.

Ellie Gilchrist brings a bit of country to the big city with her Empowered Cowgirl line of jackets and accessories. In May, the New York-based designer introduced her recently launched inaugural fashion line to Dallas shoppers with a popup event at her parents’ Highland Park home. Gilchrist’s family owns clothing stores in Lubbock, so the world of retail and fashion has been ingrained in her from an early age. After studying fashion design at Texas Tech, Gilchrist immediately went to New York for an internship at esteemed fashion title Harper’s Bazaar. “It was kind of like Devil Wears Prada, but the internship version,” Gilchrist said. “It was an intense but fun environment, and I loved the fast pace of everything.” That led to more opportunities, including internships focusing on her interest in creation and design. “I ended up with Jason Wu in 2015, and that was the first exposure I had to production, and that’s kind of where my career went for a few years,” she added. Jason Wu let Gilchrist go from her job as a production coordinator at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. That setback provided an opportunity to focus on fashion design.

FEEL EMPOWERED Visit empoweredcowgirl. com for more information or to shop Ellie Gilchrist’s fashion line.

Ellie Gilchrist held an Empowered Cowgirl pop-up event in May at her parent’s Highland Park home. (COURTESY PHOTO)


“One of my main inspiration sources is actually the Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth,” Gilchrist said. “I went there in 2017 for the first time and fell in love with it. There’s a hall of fame with these really dynamic, strong women who come from all over the world. I figured there was a marketplace for this, like fusing the western style with more of a modern, sophisticated woman. “City girls and country girls could both understand the Empowered Cowgirl,” she said. “And a cowgirl within this spirit also just means someone who is hardworking, has dignity, responsibility, and grace at the same time. So I wanted to fuse those things into apparel.” Gilchrist plans to have more pop-ups and take her line to trade shows in the coming months. She is focusing her energy on improving and expanding her line and is excited about the future of the collection. “I feel the creative spark quite often, so there are a lot of possibilities, for even just the pieces that I’ve already done,” Gilchrist said. “So this is going to be my next thing, but just enhanced.” | July 2021  17

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Inhale the Beauty 5403 Preston Fairways Circle – SOLD Offered for $1,150,000 4 Bed / 5 Bath / 4,707 Sq.Ft. Susan Bradley 214.674.5518

Enchanting and Elegant 4321 Purdue Avenue – SOLD Private Sale 4 Bed / 3 Bath / Pool Marc Ching 214.728.4069 | July 2021  19

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Overflowing with Visitors? Time To Pop Up a Hut

Entrepreneur’s idea gives homeowners luxury of more room, flexibility By Bethany Erickson

and ordinances) left him realizing that he wouldn’t be able to scale and expand the project easily. His epiphany, he said, came one day when he went to pull in beside his wife’s car in the garage. “I’m looking in the garage, and the light bulb goes off, and I’m thinking like, this has some potential, there’s your roof, there’s already electricity running to this thing, there’s a nice concrete foundation,” he said. “I could build something that I could just quickly set up and take down when we don’t need it and be able to park the car in the garage again.” What resulted (after several months of research and prototypes) was Popup Hut, a portable room that you can install in your garage that can be heated or cooled, has electricity, and can be an additional guest room, workout room, or home office. “I built the first prototype, and we used the heck out of it,” he said. “It actually became my office for a while.”

David Windle’s idea for a portable extra room wasn’t borne out of the pandemic. Still, when he mentioned his fledgling Popup Hut company among North Dallas NextDoor neighbors a few months in to the safer-at-home orders, it captured attention. The story, however, starts in 2017 when Windle and his wife decided to host their families for Thanksgiving. They didn’t think everyone they invited would RSVP. When they did, their three-bedroom home suddenly became a tight fit that culminated in his sister-in-law sleeping in the utility room.

I built the first prototype, and we used the heck out of it. It actually became my office for a while. David Windle “We tried to make it as homie as possible, we blew up this mattress, put a couple of candles in, and lots of flowers, but I guarantee you she was pretty miserable for the three nights she was at our house,” he said, ruefully. That need for the occasional extra room didn’t leave when his relatives left that

POPUP BASICS David Windle’s idea for a portable extra room for your house came pre-pandemic, but interest in Popup Hut increased as more people began to work from home. (PHOTOS: POP UP HUT) year, either. In 2019, after leaving a decade-long stint in finance and traveling a bit, Windle discovered his next venture — creating a prototype (and eventually a business) of a portable room that was better than a tent in

terms of comfort but just as easy to put up and take down. His first idea was a kind of accessory dwelling unit that would be easy to construct. Meetings with the city of Dallas (and a look at other cities permitting processes

The modular 100-square-foot huts retail for $1,295 and can be built at half the size if needed. Made of military-grade fabric with steel supports, they include ports for air conditioner hoses, a door and windows, and carrying cases. Visit



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22 July 2021 |

Comings and Goings Eighty Three 0 Eight

Preston Center Plaza The salon features a hair studio, nail services, facials, and medspa.

Kid Art

Snider Plaza The studio moved to a larger location to allow owner Tori Pendergrass to include a long-awaited local artist gallery, gift boutique, and evening events.

Farmhouse Delivery The online company expanded its service area to include the Park Cities, east Dallas, and other neighborhoods. It offers weekly deliveries and options ranging from meal kits, Farmhouse Kitchen dishes, grocery goods, as well as boxes of produce and meats. Deliveries in the Dallas market are every Thursday. Place orders by 3 p.m. Tuesdays.

The Bar Method

11661 Preston Road The new 1,806-square-foot studio is the 154th nationwide but the first studio owned and operated by owner Melissa Moore. The studio offers hour-long, barrebased workouts that use isometric exercises to tone muscles, followed by stretching periods.

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COMING D.L. Mack’s

6501 Hillcrest Avenue The sixth concept for the Dallas-Fort Worth-owned and operated Valenday Hospitality Group will open in the former Biscuit Bar location. The reimagined 2,400-square-foot space will feature an outdoor garden patio. Its menu will include D.L. Mack’s Chicago-style cracker crust pizza, the “World’s Coldest Martinis,” and other elevated takes on classic American dishes inspired by Chicago eateries.

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Real Talk: Botond Laszlo

Botond Laszlo left Romania for the United States in 2001 and hit the ground running, first as a building engineer at the Galleria, doing home renovations and repairs on the side. He hung his shingle up as Marvelous Home Makeovers not long after, creating innovative designs and seeing them through for upscale clientele all over the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. He prides himself on building a clientele based on word-of-mouth and happy client referrals. Seventeen years (and several awards) later, Laszlo rebranded his full-service firm as MHM Living.

Best advice for anyone considering a remodeling project? Understand why you are remodeling. Is it because you need more space, or is it that the space is dysfunctional? Have a vision. Did you see an example of a great gourmet kitchen or visit a house that connected their backyard with their living room? Do you have design ideas? If so, bring ideas/colors/pictures of rooms/materials that you like or inspire you. Think about how the construction process and the end result will impact you and your family. Think about the type of builder you want. Do you want a turnkey design and build firm or a handyman type of company? Weigh out and manage your expectations about time, cost, and communication methods.

What is the best thing about your job? The best part of my job is building genuine relationships with our clients. That, and being able to create spaces that are unique to them is equally as rewarding. I What is the mostenjoy developing used room in your home? spaces that capture In my home, who they are and both the kitchen reflect their personality and lifestyle. It and family room is so fulfilling to see Botond Laszlo (PHOTO: COURTESY MHM LIVING) are the center of clients happy with our home, like most their completed renovation that met or ex- people. It is where we spend most of our ceeded their expectations and to continue time, whether it is just the family or if we those relationships after the project has have our friends over. Having a multi-purbeen completed. pose space that can accommodate any occasion is important. If you could go back in time and give just-starting-out you any advice, what Can you give us a couple of fun facts would it be? about yourself? Have a clear vision – know where you Ever since I was a child, I’ve always enare going. joyed working with my hands. When I was Make sure you have the right people 14, I even dug out and built the foundation from the beginning; an amazing team is of our garage. At the age of 15, I would DJ crucial for growth. and continued to for four years. Lastly, I Surround yourself with successful peo- raced mountain bikes for many years. To ple and learn from them. this day, I’m still an avid rider! Be bold and just do it. Realize that you NEVER stop learning. – Staff Report | July 2021  25

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Alcuin School does not name valedictorians and salutatorians, but two students spoke during commencement on May 28 at the Belo Mansion: student council president Sydney Watson and C.J. Camot, who was chosen by classmates to address graduates. (PHOTOS: COURTESY THE SCHOOLS)

Valedictorian: Susanna Newsom

Salutatorian: Katherine Cowser

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Valedictorian: Jake Mathew Taylor

Graduation traditions at The Hockaday School don’t include naming a valedictorian and salutatorian, but do include beautiful dresses and hats. (PHOTO: SCOTT PEEK PHOTOGRAPHY)


Valedictorian: Asher Akiva Chamoy

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Salutatorian: Keegan Riley Clendenin

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Valedictorian: Matthew Ho

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Salutatorian: Maxwell Wu

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Student Documentary Explores What It Is To Be #BlackAtSMU we wouldn’t have made the film,” Lane said. The filmmakers hope professors and students will use the documentary to educate about racism. “This film is meant to go beyond the screen and really be about conversation and discussion,” Bemak said after a recent virtual screening. Taylor said the film’s already influencing campus culture. “A lot of this film is focused on influencing student culture, but it’s inherently bleeding into administration,” Taylor said. “Whispers of this are getting into administration’s ears, and some of them are seeing the film and seeing examples of these things happening on campus, so I think it’s doing really positive things – influencing not only student culture but administration culture too.”

If we didn’t care about SMU, we wouldn’t have made the film. Aysia Lane

By Rachel Snyder

Students in SMU’s Meadows School of The Arts turned five tweets shared by students using the #BlackAtSMU hashtag into a documentary. S tudents first used the hashtag to share their experiences of racism on campus in 2015, and stories proliferated again last summer after the murder of George Floyd and protests for racial justice. After about nine months of work by the production crew and cast, including co-directors rising senior Crislyn Fayson and rising junior Aysia Lane, producer Jillian Taylor, and others, the movie premiered on Dallas Hall Lawn this spring. “When it came out, the students had an amazing reaction. It was beautiful,” Fayson said.

The film began with the story of SMU alumna Anga Sanders, who graduated in 1970. She spoke about burning small Confederate flags to protest a tradition known as “Old South Week,” when the Kappa Alpha fraternity would hang Confederate flags. The film then told the stories of a student who recalled hearing chants of racial slurs on campus after the election of former President Donald Trump and another called a racial slur at a fraternity party. Still, another was asked to read Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” in a “plantation dialect.” “I personally feel like conversations about things that are hard to talk about or uncomfortable, or not fan favorites are typically what sparks the most change,” Lane said. “I think SMU needs some conversations and to sit down and have talks about race on campus and race relations.” She added that the documentary was “made from a place of wanting to get better together.” “If we didn’t care about SMU,

#BlackAtSMU co-directors Crislyn Fayson and Aysia Lane spoke about the documentary during a recent virtual screening. (PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB) The idea to make the stories into a documentary grew out of one of SMU film and media arts

assistant professor Amber Bemak’s classes as students researched topics around racism on campus.

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REUNIGHT, A PARTY UNDER THE STARS Playhouses Get Real Home Durability By Rachel Snyder

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Lisa Singleton, Travis and Stephanie Hollman, and Kristen Sanger


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ReuNight, an annual benefit for The Family Place, moved to spring for a socially distanced evening amidst exquisite art at the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden. The Dallas String Quartet serenaded the 150 guests, who arrived in floral-inspired cocktail attire to enjoy cocktails, dinner, and a live auction outdoors. Event co-chairs Kristen Sanger and Lisa Singleton mingled with guests. Patrick and Kristy Sands talked about touring the winter-storm decimated Safe Campus and reminded guests of the event’s purpose: to raise additional funds to address domestic violence. “The Nasher Sculpture Center Garden was simply surreal,” said Melissa Sherrill, vice president of development at The Family Place. “We could not have dreamed up a more perfect place to ReuNight with new and old friends to raise much-needed funds for The Family Place.” – Staff report

Les Owens of LRO Residential has lent his building expertise to Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark for 12 years and is at it again this year. LRO Residential builds homes in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, Bluffview, and Devonshire. Over the years, Owens has built a range of playhouses – from whimsical cottages to a fire station to a farmhouse with a copper silo. This year’s is a high-ceilinged cottage with a wooden roof. “We frame the walls, and the roof, the rafters – everything just like you would a house,” Owens said. “So, it’s going to stand up over the test of time for sure. The front door, it’s ... real wood, just like a mini wood front door would be, real windows provided by Anderson, wood floors just like we put in the house, sheetrock.” Parade of Playhouses is the signature fundraising event for Dallas CASA, a nonprofit that advocates for abused and neglected children. “Over the years, I’d seen it go into the mall,” Owens said of the event. “I always thought it was kind of neat, and when we had our first child ... we signed up. We were able to participate in it and thought as long as we have kids, it’d be a good thing to do every year. (It’s an) easy way to give back that aligns with what we do.”

Les Owens of LRO Residential works on his playhouse for Dallas CASA’s 26th annual Parade of Playhouses coming to NorthPark Center July 9 - 25. (PHOTO: RACHEL SNYDER)

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1) Adding greenery helps to soften this white-and-gray den. 2) This formal living and entry area combine rough organic textures with smooth surfaces, like the metal flower bowl on the mirrored console and the glass vase on the coffee table. 3) Sometimes the only plant you need for a room is a tall potted plant in the corner, like the one in this game room. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HUNTER)



ny home will benefit from a few well-placed plants, whether they’re live or faux. If you’re about to take a trip to the nursery and are wondering where your plants will go when you MARGARET get home, read on CHAMBERS for some designer tips on incorporating them into a space. Begin by looking for any unused corners, shelves, or trays where plants could go. For the most impact, you can’t go wrong with putting a large potted plant or indoor tree in your living room corner. Some other great places to display potted plants include balconies and on tables (such as breakfast tables, coffee tables, and dining tables). My personal favorite containers for plants are blue-and-white porcelain pots and attractive baskets. Keep in mind that your

plant containers should match the overall style for your house. While blue-and-white pottery is more traditional, containers made of sleek metal or ceramic are more contemporary. Baskets can go either way. If you’re intimidated by the upkeep required with live plants, or if you travel often, faux plants make a great alternative. The most important consideration for choosing a faux plant is its realism. Thankfully, the quality of faux plants has improved dramatically in the past 10 years. Nowadays, you can buy a faux tree for your home that is made with faux leaves attached to real wooden branches. Manufacturers also have started to vary the size and color of the leaves on these products, which goes a long way to creating a realistic look. To make your faux plants even more difficult to distinguish from the real thing, try mixing them in with any live plants you do have, or putting them near a sunny window. Don’t put two of the same kind of faux plant

next to each other; the uniformity between the two will be too obvious.

Don’t put two of the same kind of faux plant next to each other; the uniformity between the two will be too obvious. There are just as many ways to decorate with plants as there are varieties of plants, so don’t be afraid to get creative! Margaret Chambers, a registered interior designer (RID) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), leads Chambers Interiors and Associates. Her colleague Caitlin Crowley helped edit this column. Find more design advice at

Summer is here, and like jailbirds at Leavenworth, we couldn’t wait to break out of COVID prison. Earlier this year, our youngest, who finished college in May, informed us that for graduation, she wanted an upgrade to a new 2021 Audi from her low mileage 2017 Ford Escape. When it comes to gift M I C H E L E VA L D E Z requests, our kids always swing for the fences. The conversation that followed began and ended with “No!” Surely her college education, which cost the same as a comfy suburban home, was a gift in itself. With the backbone of Gumby, we bent and pondered possible presents. We settled on a trip to the Bahamas and invited three of her besties. To ensure that this fierce foursome stayed on the good side of trouble, and as our reward for bankrolling academia, we decided to tag along. We felt like geniuses. We arrived on Harbour Island with enough luggage to shame passengers on the Queen Mary II. The beach was layered with pink sand, the same color pink used by Lily Pulitzer. The water was a shade of blue only found in a Crayola 64-count box of crayons. We rented a house and planned to eat breakfast and lunch in, hoping that our daytime frugality would offset the cost of dinners out. Our theory failed the first night. The college grads opened the evening with rum libations and lobster. To be conservative, I had only one Goombay Smash. Total dinner cost - $700. I began to wish we had invited fewer friends. The next day we headed to the beach. When did behinds, as in the kind that I have managed to keep covered my whole life, become so public? I love fashion and knew that the latest trend was “cheeky” bikinis, but on this flamingo-colored beach, there was a full-monty of southern exposure. What’s more, all the other women (except me) donned the same style. That day I saw more backsides than the last place filly at the Kentucky Derby. But, by week’s end, I had managed to relax and look past the Baywatch bums and the high price of a Goombay Smash. Our gaggle of grads had a memorable time, and as they gingerly took their seats on the flight home, I realized they had learned at least one life lesson: Always apply sunblock to parts down under. Michele Valdez, a slightly compulsive, mildly angry feminist, has been an attorney and community volunteer. She has four demanding adult children, an enthusiastic black lab, and a patient husband. | July 2021  31

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Six Degrees of Separation: The Culinary Version If you lived here in 2002 and were old enough to drink, chances are you found yourself at Hotel Zaza, head swiveling, looking for Kato Kaelin or your future ex-spouse. It’s been almost 20 years since Zaza and Dragonfly, its in-house restaurant, opened, and it amazes me that K E R ST E N R ET TI G they are both still relevant. Dragonfly’s been led by well-respected chefs including Marc Cassell, Dan Landsberg, and now, Daniel Hatcher. Hatcher’s menu has something for everyone, from a succulent prime filet to a mind-blowing pan roasted redfish with shitakes and rock star starters including masa-battered jalapeño calamari and tender lamb lollipops. Hatcher’s predecessor, Chef Dan Landsberg, started his career as a dishwasher, worked his way up the ladder, graduated from culinary school at the top of his class, and ended up executive chef of Stephen Pyles. He went on to lead Zaza’s Dragonfly restaurant to accolades for 11 years. Today, Chef Dan Landsberg is the executive chef of Ellie’s the art museum/restaurant in the HALL Arts Hotel, just around the corner from the very same Stephen Pyles restaurant which closed in 2015. Ellie’s opened in December 2019 with Chef Eric Dreyer in charge. Dreyer was the executive chef at Fearing’s for more than 10 years before pulling a stint as Oprah’s personal chef. Sadly, we didn’t get to enjoy much of his beautifully fresh, California-vibe menu because of the *P* word. Dreyer left Ellie’s in January 2021 and Zaza’s Landsberg came to Ellie’s in March, putting his own spin on the menu with dishes

like ancho chile coconut palm chicken breast and Texas shell pea hummus with local produce and pita. Ellie’s menu is filled with produce and products from local farms and small purveyors, a signature of Landsberg’s menus. So, where’s Chef Dryer? He moved to Monarch, the high-above-the-clouds restaurant in The National downtown, home of The Thompson Hotel. Monarch is buzzy right now for its exceptional view from 49 floors up, the beautiful-people crowd, and for its outstanding food. Dreyer’s oven roasted prawns, sea scallops, and pastas command a high price, and they should. Local chatter included some criticism of Monarch’s prices, such as $18 cocktails and $12 sides, and cancellation policy that charges $25 per person for late cancellations or noshows. Restaurants that serve best-in-class proteins, house-made pastas, and a live Alaskan king crab for $1,000 demonstrate a value proposition that isn’t going to appeal to everyone. Eric Dreyer is one of the best chefs in North Texas right now, and Monarch fills a desire to be spoiled, entertained, wowed, wined, and dined. If you haven’t noticed by now, the restaurant business is one big game of “Six Degrees of Separation.” Sometimes in the kitchens and sometimes out. To wit, Dragonfly’s Chef Hatcher is from a little town in Louisiana called Zachary where my people, the Rettigs, settled after immigrating from Alsace. Chef Hatcher went to middle school with my cousin, which delights me almost as much as Dragonfly’s key lime pie made by his sous chef ’s own recipe. Follow Kersten Rettig, a Park Cities-based writer with more than 30 years’ experience in food and beverage marketing and public relations, On Instagram @KerstenEats


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Memory Lane: Grandmother’s Lemon Meringue Pie Pinned Up Patriotism The secret to any lemon filling begins with the fruit. Taking a short cut by using bottled lemon juice will only yield disappointment after the first taste. Look for fruit with smooth, thin, bright yellow skin, and avoid lemons with tinges of green, since these are underripe. They should feel heavy for their size for an abundance of juice. Before slicing in half, roll them back and forth on the counter a few times using light pressure from your hand. It’ll make them easier to squeeze, so you’ll get more juice. For a pie that’ll win the hearts of your family and guests, serve it within one


to 11 minutes until the pastry is lightly browned. Remove it from the oven and cool completely.

minutes to cool, stirring every five minutes. Pour into the cooled pie shell.





1 ½ cups flour 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes 5-6 tablespoons ice water Directions: Place flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor, cover, and pulse several times to mix. Add cold butter and pulse until it is pea-size. Add five tablespoons of ice water and process at low speed until the pastry is crumbly. If the mixture appears dry, add the remaining water and process just until the pastry comes together and forms a ball. Remove the pastry, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll the pastry out on a floured pastry cloth or counter and fit it into a 10-inch pie plate. Flute the edges and prick the crust with a fork. Bake the pie shell nine

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day of baking, and preferably on the same day. There’s a rather short window before meringue turns from silky to sticky, which makes it difficult to slice without destroying that picture-perfect meringue. If it begins to stick to the knife, use a wet towel to wipe the knife between each slice. I never bake a lemon meringue pie without thinking of my grandparents. What’s your favorite food memory? Cookbook author and PBS television chef Christy Rost is a longtime resident of the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. See her “Celebrating Home” four-minute cooking videos at and

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The first dessert I ever baked, at the ripe old age of 12, was a lemon meringue pie, my grandfather Sebastian’s favorite. As a young girl, I loved watching my grandmother Henrietta in her PennsylC H R I S T Y R O S T vania kitchen roll out pie pastry and expertly flute the edges. I still have cherished flavor memories of her delicate cookies, but try as I might, I can’t duplicate those. After years of baking in my own kitchen, it dawned on me that the butter, eggs, and even the flour are different from the ones my grandmother used. Over time, I learned many of her baking techniques, including the pastry cloth she always used for rolling pie and cookie dough so they wouldn’t stick to the counter. I always pack a pastry cloth in my luggage when visiting my mom or our son and daughter-in-law, just in case I have the occasion to whip up a pie, biscuits, or rolled cookies. Lemon meringue pie is sublime any time of the year, but especially during spring and summer. The bright, lemony tang of the filling, topped with a cloud of melt-in-your-mouth sweet meringue cleanses the palate while satisfying the urge for something light and sweet after chowing down on barbecued ribs, burgers, or a juicy grilled steak.

1 ¼ cups sugar

3 egg whites, at room temperature

1 package unflavored gelatin

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

1/3 cup cornstarch

1/3 cup sugar

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. With a mixer on high speed, whip egg whites un3 egg yolks til they are foamy, add cream of tartar, and beat 1 ½ cups water briefly. Gradually add sugar, beating until the meringue forms stiff peaks. ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice With an offset metal spatula or knife, spread 1 teaspoon lemon zest the meringue over the lemon filling, sealing it Directions: In a large saucepan, stir together well at the edges of the pastry. Bake four to five the sugar, gelatin, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk in minutes to lightly brown the meringue. Cool 40 egg yolks, water, lemon juice, and zest. Cook over minutes, then chill until the pie is cold and the medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mix- filling has set. ture thickens and just comes to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside 15 Yield: 8 to 10 servings ¼ teaspoon salt

The Appleton boys, John, 15, Boone, 13, and Cole, 10, founded 3ApplePins before children younger than 16 became eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to encourage adults to get immunized. The Preston Hollow brothers, all students at The Episcopal School of Dallas, found inspiration from their parents who participated in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial. The financial compensation the Appletons received from the trial served as seed money for the boys’ online store. “We wanted to contribute to this (PHOTOS: MONECE APPLETON) pandemic being over,” John said. “So we made up an idea of vaccine pins so that people would be encouraged to get vaccinated.” 3ApplePins promotes COVID-19 vaccinations through accessories, featuring their slogan, “for you and me,” to make people view getting vaccinated as a patriotic act, John said. Cole said 3ApplePins has an ideal target clientele of people who got vaccinated and want to lessen the anxiety others feel about getting immunized. “We were just talking about how masks could have been more effective if they were patriotic, and so we just thought if we could make vaccines patriotic, then maybe everyone would get them, and everyone would be safer,” Boone said. The brothers hope people who have gotten vaccinated will encourage others by wearing one of two pin designs available for $10. A portion of their profits goes to the American Red Cross for COVID relief. Their mother, Monece Appleton, said her sons learned skills such as opening a checking account, getting a PO Box, researching a supplier, packing materials, and shipping. “They have also learned about problem-solving, managing their time, and being responsible,” she said. “I have no doubt those skills will come in handy as they grow up.”


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Texas is Magnet For New Homeowners

Finding Luxury Living in a Dallas High-Rise

The world has discovered what we always knew – Texas

Buyers of all ages are gravitating toward high-rise living

8410 Swananoah Road, represented by Cortney Bailey for $3,400,000.

is a great place to buy a home, raise a family and enjoy an

in Dallas, according to the high-rise luxury experts at Allie

inspired life.

Beth Allman & Associates.

French Creole Charm Bluffview’s Coolest in Preston Hollow Contemporary

4214 Manning is being offered for $2,995,000 in Manchester Estates. Inspired by the renowned architecture of A. Hays Town, 4214 Manning combines French Creole charm with modern-day comfort and construction. Exposed brick

Can you imagine your housewarming party here?

interior walls and painted brick archways are reminiscent of

Behind double privacy gates in the heart of Bluffview

a leisurely stroll through New Orleans’ French Quarter. This

is 8410 Swananoah Road, a superb Contemporary

theme continues in the brick-paved courtyard with bubbling

showplace offering more than 5,600 square feet

fountain – perfect for your morning paper and coffee.

of space and style. It brims with modern luxuries,

Throughout the home, enjoy stunning sight lines and

including architectural detailing everywhere, a two-

architectural details from every vantage point. Generously-

story chef’s kitchen, a tiered media room and a first-

sized windows and a thoughtful floor plan combine to allow

floor main suite with spa-like bath, safe room and

both natural light and privacy. Oversized rooms with high

boutique-style closet.

ceilings - such as the delightful downstairs owner’s retreat

The outdoor living is as posh, with a resort-style

- still feel cozy and intimate thanks to perfect proportions

pool, covered outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The

and textural charm. This timeless, restrained beauty is only

pristine, one-owner home was built in 2012 and boasts

enhanced by modern-day conveniences, such as dual

a smart layout and designer touches in every room,

walk-in closets and a full Lutron lighting system.

with dramatic interior spaces that blend functionality

Enjoy the manicured French garden from the adjacent

and elegance.

outdoor dining area or screened-in back patio. Town-

The two-story chef’s kitchen is a showstopper

influenced components such as reclaimed 150-year-old

on its own, fitted with the finest appliances and

pine floors and antique reproduction light fixtures ensure

seamlessly joining the family and dining rooms. More

you won’t find another home like this in Dallas.

perks include four additional en-suite bedrooms, five

Located in the prestigious estate section of Preston Hollow, with multi-million-dollar new construction in every

full baths in all, three half baths, several bonus spaces and a four-car garage.

“We have more options on space and are much less

Owning a high-rise home in Dallas comes with easy

congested compared to other large cities,” said Deb Borrell,

walkability to shops and restaurants, and luxury-level

director of Relocation and Business Development for Allie

amenities such as 24-hour concierge services, valet

Beth Allman & Associates.

parking, and state-of-the-art gyms and pools.

U.S. Census Bureau figures released May 4 show DFW is No. 1 in raw population growth, and Borrell said that’s not likely to change soon. Here are three homes Allman experts have waiting for them.

For those interested in living the high life here are some homes available right now. A four-bedroom condo for sale at The Stoneleigh, 2300 Wolf St. #16BC, has an undeniably glamorous atmosphere. The elevator opens directly to the light-filled

On a large lot in Highland Park, a five-bedroom home

foyer, providing privacy and convenience. From there, the

is steps away from Bradfield Elementary School. The

home continues to impress with sweeping city views and

Georgian-style home at 4529 N. Versailles Ave. is built for

elegant modern style. Offering an open layout and 5,427

today’s lifestyle with a first-floor study and bath and a

square feet of living space, the home has plenty of room

beautiful saltwater pool.

for playing host.

A refreshed, single-story home with four bedrooms sits

Across the street, there’s a captivating condo listed on

at 7514 Northaven Road in popular Preston Hollow. The

the 22nd floor of The Mayfair, 3401 Lee Parkway #2203. Its

home has an open floor plan with a sitting area near the eat-

open floor plan is ideal for entertaining and leads out to a

in kitchen. The covered patio has a fireplace.

covered terrace where unobstructed views of Downtown

Visit for all available listings. The luxury

Dallas shine. This home is a true oasis of calm. The master

real estate boutique of Allie Beth Allman & Associates leads

suite has two generous walk-in closets, a jetted-tub and a

North Texas in the sale of homes in several of the most

spacious shower.

prestigious neighborhoods.

Connect with an expert agent at

direction. Close proximity to elite private schools and recent

This unique home is represented by expert agent

addition of Central Market add further interest to this

Cortney Bailey for $3,400,000. Briggs Freeman

sought-after neighborhood.

Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in the Park

icured 1.1-acre site with mature trees and landscape by

Ranked as the #2 team in DFW and the #4 team in Texas,

Cities in 1960, represents luxury homes, high-

Harold Leidner. Gourmet kitchen topped by a barrel brick

The Perry-Miller Streiff Group has over $165 Million in Sold

rises, ranches, land and commercial properties. Its

ceiling is open to one of several family rooms. Custom

and Pendings for 2021. website is a cutting-edge portal

Knotty Alderwood cabinetry with White Castle hardware

featuring properties, neighborhoods, schools, virtual

provides storage. Two full-size SubZeros refrigerators,

tours, architecture guides and more.

two Asko dishwashers, two gas Wolf ovens and warming

Contact Jamie Kohlmann (214.669.6520) or Ryan Streiff (469.371.3008) to schedule a private showing or visit for more details and images.


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stone-clad estate home with Italian barrel tile roof, man-

drawer. Outdoor Kitchen equipped with a Wolfe outdoor


Stephen Collins Lists Resort-Style Bluffview Home on Large Lot

grille and Subzero undercounter refrigerators, and electric screens. Resort like pool, cabana, turfed back yard, private

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guest house. Home is equipped with Geothermal HVAC and natural gas generator. For more information please contact Kyle Crews (214) 538-1310. asking price as the minimum. If you are or have been a buyer or a seller or have represented any side in the past year, you know the story. Contingencies? Not in this market. This is a seller’s market and even before the sign goes up, the house is probably already sold, especially in the suburbs. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home in the area has been around 30, with a few exceptions. Want to get away? You’re not alone. The strongest price

This Mediterranean home at 8607 Midway Road

increases in the country in the first quarter of 2021 were

Low inventory of homes for sale in the DFW market

( is sited on a deep,

hasn’t held back the agents at Allie Beth Allman &

private .45-acre lot on the quiet stretch of Midway where it

When you subscribe to The Allmanac, a weekly

vacation destinations. Second-home demand surged during

Associates. This year, the brokerage met its $1 billion

turns west. Offered by Stephen Collins for $1,495,000, the

newsletter produced by Allie Beth Allman & Associates,

the pandemic and the trend continues. Kingston, N.Y., 100

annual sales milestone in April, the earliest it has ever

four-bedroom, 3.1-bath home with pool/spa feels like your

you get a weekly executive briefing of the luxury real estate

miles north of the Big Apple in the picturesque Hudson

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Valley, gained the most, up 35.5% from 2020.

achieved this goal. “This is the direct result of our agents building lasting

square feet (per tax).

relationships with their clients and colleagues,” said

Originally built in 2000, updates abound – including stone

President of Sales Keith Conlon. “They are connecting

and leather (in the primary suite) flooring, Ann Sacks accent

with longtime clients every day to list their homes for sale

tiles, wine room with stone cave entry and a temperature-

as well as searching every day and finding homes for

controlled wine cooler. Highlights include a gallery-style


entry hall leading past the study to a bright, open kitchen-

Using an expert real estate is very nearly a must in

dining-living area, a primary suite with gorgeous views of

today’s market, according to a recent report by bankrate.

the tropical yard and an incredible year-round outdoor living

com. That agent can help with negotiating amid multiple

area featuring a fireplace and fully equipped kitchen.

offers, which is common today, finding homes via private

Other amenities: a sizable rear storage building, three-

listings, and navigating disclosures, inspections and other

car garage and a separate air-conditioned bonus space

steps in the process. In 2020, only 12% of homebuyers

perfect for dogs, hobbies or crafts.

declined to use an agent while buying a home, according to the National Association of Realtors.

To schedule a showing, contact Collins at 469.774.9749 or

The luxury real estate boutique of Allie Beth Allman

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate ( is a division

& Associates leads DFW in the sale of homes $3 million

of the Ebby Halliday Companies, a Berkshire Hathaway

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affiliate, with four locations that specialize in Preston

Cities and Preston Hollow areas, according to the Multiple

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Uptown, Kessler Park and Farm & Ranch properties.

Here’s what The Allmanac reported recently. Multiple offers. Cash only. Thousands of dollars over


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To subscribe to The Allmanac, visit registerfornews. estate experience possible.” Whether you’re shopping by price, location or aesthetics, as a user of the new Ebby app you’ll find it’s easier than ever to browse homes for sale. “Our new mobile app provides access to real-time property information and smart messaging tools,” Mathews says. “It makes it easy to connect with your agent from any mobile device, as well as create saved searches and add favorites at your convenience. Simply put, our mobile-first home search with built-in chat makes collaboration fast, easy and fun.” The new Ebby Halliday app seamlessly integrates with so your saved searches and favorited properties sync between the app and websites. The Ebby Halliday Realtors app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Download the app today for free and experience modern home searching with ease. | July 2021  35

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Enjoy New Deal-era art at Fair Park. (PHOTO: MARY MEIER-EVANS)


Is a U.S. Post Office Murals tour a reason to plan a road trip? Can a post office double as

a mini-museum? Absolutely! But if my questions leave you wondering what is a post office mural, let’s enjoy a brief history lesson.

Post office murals and art are only one of the New Deal efforts to employ artists and beautify our country. Patricia Raynor wrote in a Smithsonian Institute article at, “Post offices built in the 1930s during Roosevelt’s New Deal were decorated with enduring images executed by artists working for the Section of Fine Arts … Post offices were located in virtually every community and available for viewing by all postal patrons — which made post office murals a truly democratic art form.” I honestly don’t know how I became aware of post office art. Google led me to a list of the post office art and artists throughout Texas, and a Texas road trip with my daughter

included visits to small-town post offices. Out of the blue, I received a very kind note from a post office mural author David Gates who came across my March column about that trip. I interviewed him in a recent Curious Cowgirl travel podcast episode. David discovered murals while hiking across America and stopping in small-town post offices to receive packages of supplies. He later wrote two coffee table books documenting post office murals in Tennessee and Wisconsin and also has guide books for those states plus Illinois. Another author, Philip Parisi, published a coffee table book (meaning filled with gorgeous full-color photos) for the Great State of Texas. Post office murals and art are only one of the New Deal efforts to employ artists and beautify our country. Visit to find 16,000-plus locations in the United States to admire New Deal art and architecture. Texas has more than 900 sites. In our backyard, see the Reverschon Park Bridge, Flag Pole Hill, the Tietze Park Pavilion, and of course, Fair Park. Now there’s a great road trip – just around Dallas! Mary Meier-Evans, of University Park, has a Texas-sized curiosity. Check out her blog and podcast at







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