French EclecticOur Monday Morning Millionaire is a beautiful French eclectic home at 4301 Edmondson Ave. only a block from Highland Park Village. This is an architectural style that has never gone out of style largely due to the fact it combines influences that strike a familiar chord, such as symmetry, while still allowing the freedom to experiment a bit, hence the eclectic aspect. (more…)

The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll offers a chance to ogle and bid on delectable architecture sprinkled through Highland Park Village.

One of our absolute favorite holiday events starts tomorrow, and we could not be more thrilled! The sixth annual Gingerbread Stroll, where you can shop Highland Park Village and bid on beautiful works of confectionary architecture, runs through tomorrow, Nov. 17, until Friday, Dec. 1. This year’s gingerbread houses are crafted by 12 of Dallas’ best pastry chefs, while all proceeds from the even will go to the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer.

“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” said Allie Beth Allman agent Christine McKenny, who founded the Gingerbread Stroll in 2011. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always exciting to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”


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You didn’t think they’d leave Parkies without a grocery store, now did you? Of course not! Hot news – Nancy Nichols reports on SideDish that Washburne signed a deal just last night with Austin-based Royal Blue Grocery Store. The urban market has everything from bagels and breakfast tacos to antipasto and cheese platters. They also do deli-type catering for one or fifty. The new store is slated to open July 1 in the spot vacated by Tom Thumb at HPV.

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Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

Photo: Courtesy of Highland Park Village

I know lots of people who would be thrilled about Dean & DeLuca moving into Highland Park Village as Tom Thumb plans to move out on Nov. 30, as Maria Halkias reported on the Dallas Morning News business blog. They would certainly be a better fit for the neighborhood, which has homes with an incredibly high values and density.

However, now that the owners of Highland Park Village have said that plans for a hotel in the posh shopping center have been scrapped, we have to wonder what will occupy the 18,500-square-foot space, which is too small for a traditional grocer, but too big for a high-fashion retailer.

What would you like to see in that spot?


Here’s the sad thing: I am old enough to remember Studio 54 in New York City. Like, I was there and partied when I was young(er) and way cuter. So when I heard that designing doyenne Emily Summers, mother of Dallas real estate powerhouse Caroline Summers, was opening a design shop at Highland Park Village and naming it Studio 54, I started pulling my wardrobe for the opening: CLEAVAGE!

Actually, Emily is calling it Studio 54 because of the shop’s location in SUITE 54. Clever, no? (more…)

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It’s been rumored for weeks, but today it was made official: Tom Thumb will close its charming Highland Park Village grocery store at Preston and Mockingbird in the next 12 months.

The reason? The store is small and outmoded by today’s mega-supermarket standards, and there is plenty of room for expansion. Also, Safeway, parent company of Tom Thumb, is being courted by potential buyers.

“We have enjoyed being in Highland Park Village over the years, but the store is small and outmoded by today’s supermarket standards, with no opportunity for on-site expansion,” Tom Thumb president Paul McTavish said today in a news release.

Ironically, the Highland Park Village store first opened as a Safeway in 1935.

With Safeway trying to “house stage” for a suitor, the company may well have decided that the store, a mere 18,500 square feet, does not have the revenue potential of the average 46,000 square foot Tom Thumb. There are other, smaller Tom Thumbs around town, such as the Tom Thumb at Snider Plaza, and Preston Center next to Park Cities Baptist Church, but perhaps the rents are not as high. McTavish also says the company is seeking a location to build a full-sized Tom Thumb in the neighborhood.

There is also a Simon David at Inwood and University.

Personally, I like the smaller stores. The fifth and newest Central Market in the Dallas area is on the southeast corner of Royal Lane and Preston Road in the Preston Oaks shopping center.  The space is approximately 30,000 square feet. That’s smaller than the average 45,000 square foot super market, but in my humble opinion, much more efficient. The huge stores have way too many choices, way too many aisles to temp us into buying.

Which is why, perhaps, an 18,500 square foot store cannot be as profitable.

Dallas is one of the most competitive grocery markets in the country. Apparently, it’s a real slug-fest in the grocery store biz. The nation’s supermarket competitors are duking it out harder than ever to:

“enhance their performance and accelerate market share. Gaining an edge over the many faces of competition in the present era, however, requires an ever more delicate balancing act between price, selection and service on one end and cost containment, capital investments in people, facilities and shopper engagement strategies on the other, to attract and retain a strong customer base.”

Rumor (RUMOR!) has it a Dean&Deluca New York-style deli will go into the Tom Thumb space, giving a place to buy a little milk, juice, fruit, black & white cookies and hopefully some great New York City bagels.

There’s nothing like a great New York deli bagel to help you feel better. Skillerns Corner



Talk about delicious real estate! The 2013 Gingerbread Stroll at Highland Park Village plans to top years past with eye-popping confections from the regions most acclaimed chefs.

This annual event is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth who wants to support a fantastic cause. From now until Nov. 30, you can tour 13 of the most posh shops and boutiques in the Park Cities and bid on these incredible decorated gingerbread houses.

Founded by Dallas Realtor and all-around charitable virtuoso Christine McKenny, this event is a tasty way to bring together the community while raising funds for local childrens charities. Last year, the stroll raised $8,000 for Community Partners of Dallas, and this year’s beneficiary is Wipe Out Kids Cancer, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating pediatric cancer by funding research.


“The Gingerbread Stroll has become a wonderful tradition during the most wonderful time of the year,” McKenny said. “People of all ages gather with their family and friends to attend, and it’s always fun to see how the chefs express themselves creatively. Everyone loves a gingerbread house!”


Gingerbread Stroll attendees can enter to win prizes such as a holiday carriage ride through the Park Cities, an overnight stay at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek or the Ritz-Carlton. You can buy gingerbread cookies from Celebrity Bakery, too, of which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners of Dallas.

The talented pastry chefs participating in this year’s stroll include:

• Celebrity Café & Bakery | Decorator Jamie Eckert
• Fine Arts Concepts | Joy Lynn
• Four Seasons Resort and Club, Cafe on the Green | Pastry Chef Randy Gehman & Hayoung Lesser
• Hilton Anatole | Pastry Sous Chef Kristina Kent
• Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion | Pastry Chef Saju Meppidayil & Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer
• Omni Dallas Hotel | Pastry Chef Kristina Kent
• Remington College Pastry Arts Program | Chef Jeff Johnston & Students
• Rosewood Crescent Hotel | Pastry Chef Carly Fields
• Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek | Pastry Chef Nicolas Blouin
• Royal Oaks Country Club | Executive Chef Wade Burch CEC
• The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas | Pastry Chef Corey Thomson
• Tom Thumb | Gingerbread House Creator Sherry Barnard

Merchants opening their shops for the stroll include: Beretta Gallery, Carolina Herrera, Celebrity Café & Bakery, Cole Haan, Deno’s of Highland Park, ESCADA, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Lela Rose, Robert Talbott Carmel, SCOOP NYC, Trina Turk, Tom Thumb, Village Barber Shop, Village Kitchen and TOKO V.

Go stroll and bid today!

Many of you are too young to remember the Maidenform commercials: “I Dreamed I Did… the Dishes in My Maidenform Bra”. (Or did something.) It was a 1950’s/1960’s lingerie ad campaign that I saw on TV when I was in utero- ha! The Maidenform Bra print and tv ads featured a woman wearing her lingerie, her bra, in public doing something. The bras looked like torpedos, of course, which I thought had something to do with the Cold War. Of course, this was also pre-“everyone having implants” days.

But I did dream, just the other day, in fact, that my next home would be within walking distance of Highland Park Village. Why? Because the shops are fabulous, and it has everything you need in life: Starbucks, a movie theater, Celebrity bakery, and Tory Burch… Hermes… Ralph Lauren… Jimmy Choo. Oh yes, Williams Sonoma. But I digress. So as of late, I have my eyes on homes within 1/2 mile of HPV.

Now comes word that 4428 Edmondson, which I have told you about before, has been not only reduced but CHOPPED to $1,175,000. This Tudor charmer may even recall the Maidenform commercials: she was born in 1930, has 3454 square feet, a pool, and is located on a historic block built by architect Fonzie E. Robertson. Kiddos? This is your big chance to get into Bradfield Elementary. Has our angel been updated? Oh yes, as many times as I’ve had Botox:  try a 6-burner Viking range, over-sized den with a bar featuring a sub-zero wine closet with refrigeration drawers, and more. Now she’s down to $1,175,000 a massive, massive reduction, from $1,250,000. I’d say it’s time to go get a torpedo bra and make an offer!