Lately, there has been a lot of action at the corner of Skillman and Royal. Just this week, two new stores have opened their doors: Daily Stop convenience store and Cowboy-Style Philly’s cheesesteaks.

JAH Realty’s Graham Irvine says Daily Stop, which has two locations in Irving and one in Duncanville, is a “nice, clean little business.” Daily Stop is your typical convenience store and also carries beer and wine.

Also in LH Plaza, Cowboy-Style Philly’s has opened in the former Burger Spot space. Owner Sean Mathis, originally from Oak Cliff, is excited to bring his Arlington-based cheesesteak shop to Lake Highlands. “I want to hire LHHS students and get involved with the community,” Mathis says.

Mathis drove trucks and cooked pre-game meals for the Dallas Cowboys for four years, before saving enough money to open his first Cowboy-Style Philly’s restaurant in Arlington in November 2009. His hard work has paid off, and the Dallas Farmers Market has asked him to open a third location in Downtown in October.

The menu includes eight different types of cheesesteaks: original, chicken-fried chicken, blue cheese crumble, lemon pepper, the audible philly (veggie-only), barbecue, the time out philly (hot! hot! hot!), shrimp and lobster. Cheesesteaks are served with waffle fries, sweet potato fries or onion rings. For dessert, Mathis has scoops of Blue Bell and is working on a deep-fried oreo recipe.

Order a “Project 24” (chicken strips with French fries for $4.25), and Cowboy-Style Philly’s donates 24 cents to former Pinkston High School football player Jared Williams, who was paralyzed while making a tackle at a football game in 2009. Williams’ mom is a good friend of Mathis.

Cowboy-Style Philly’s is open Mon.–Thurs. from 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. from 10–12 a.m. and Sun. from 12–6 p.m.