Alice and Don Sevier are celebrating their second year as owners of the Larger Than Life Plus Size Consignment Shop   ( located at the northeast corner of Northwest Highway and Ferndale in the Northlake Shopping Center. The 1,000-square foot shop caters to women size 12 and up, and the Seviers have added 800-plus new consignors since they purchased the shop. “Customers would be shocked at the volume and variety of merchandise we have,” Alice Sevier says. “Plus, we have shoes, costume jewelry and purses, too.” Earlier this year, in her “spare time”, Sevier was crowned Mrs. Dallas Texas Plus America 2010. She’s competing in the Mrs. Texas Plus pageant this May.

After a two-year run, Coach’s closed its doors last month. The popular hamburger joint, formerly located at Forest and Abrams, was opened by Lake Highlands residents Vanessa and Michael Stevens, and was a favorite among many LH residents and sports teams.

Down the road a bit, the much-anticipated Burger Spot has opened to some pretty good reviews. Located in the Plaza Bank Center at Skillman and Royal, between El Fenix and Tom Thumb, the new eatery not only has burgers, but also serves up some popular kabobs and mac and cheese. The new restaurant is a family affair. Most days you can find co-owner John Harris; his son, Devrin; or his daughter-in-law, Taylor, taking orders or answering phones along with co-owner Scott Yokem. The Harris family is very familiar with the restaurant biz; John Harris’s mother was the founder of the popular restaurant chain Celebrity Bakery.

After an unfortunate incident involving our 3-year-old and our leather couch, we were recently in the market for a really good couch cleaner and conditioner. Next stop, Tandy Leather (

). Located at 10220 Northwest Highway, next to the Cake Ball Company, Tandy has been in this shopping center for seven and a half years. One of five Tandy leather stores in Dallas-Fort Worth, the store doesn’t sell ready-made goods, but has just about everything you’d ever need to fashion anything you’d like, from purses and pants to belts and crafts. Back in the day, Tandy was located down the street in the Medallion Shopping Center for more than 10 years.

My Office at Walnut Hill-Audelia recently was purchased from the T. Hee Greetings guys (Tony Doles and David Ferris) by longtime Lake Highlands residents Karen and Roger Hohnstein. The Hohnsteins took ownership on March 1, and will begin running the shop with the help of their daughters, Kelsey and Emily, in May.

Kitty Carter’s Dance Factory
is celebrating its 30th year in business this month. Located at 9310 Forest near Abrams, the dance studio has a slew of classes available for students 3 years and up including tap, jazz, ballet and more. Owner Kitty Carter is a longtime Lake Highlands resident and has been dancing for 35-plus years. Carter also is currently on staff at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she teaches tap and jazz. As the technical coach for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Carter has just completed her second season on CMT’s “The Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders”. Alumni of Carter’s dance studio include not only Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, but also Julliard graduates, and Broadway and television performers. Visit for more information on classes and tuition.

A loyal Advocate reader recently turned me on to a great hidden treasure in our area, The Rock Barrell (

). This 4,000-square foot showroom is chock full of every color, shape and size of bead, bauble, pendant or “finding” you could imagine. Popular among jewelry and crafter enthusiasts, The Rock Barrell is both a retail and wholesale shop, but don’t expect to find any finished goods here; this place is perfect for do-it-yourselfers. You can purchase everything you need to make earrings, brooches, bracelets and necklaces for every outfit you own. Local resident Earl Pomberg started the biz with his late wife, Shirley, 38 years ago, originally in a 500-square foot space off of Schroeder (Hamilton Park area). Pomberg moved to his current location at 13650 TI Boulevard, suite 104, 25 years ago.