The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

Catering to the sweet tooth

Lake Highlands High School graduates and sisters Kristen Adams Scott (’98) and Meghan Adams (’00) have launched The Hospitality Sweet, a boutique catering company. Born from the sisters’ desire to do something creative while staying at home with their children, The Hospitality Sweet specializes in sweets and “shower” foods, plus wedding cakes, full catering and boxed lunches for meetings. The two plan to open a storefront on Knox-Henderson this January.

Doughnuts for foodies and hippies

Hypnotic Donuts has started construction on its first fully operational storefront, near White Rock Lake, and is set to open in January. The previously nomadic (until they implemented set hours at a North Dallas pizza place) doughnut shop will operate seven days a week on Garland Road near Barbec’s. “It’s a convenient stop for those on their way to work looking for a morning pick-me-up, or athletes enjoying White Rock Lake looking to reward themselves with a well-deserved treat,” says James St. Peter, owner and creative mastermind behind Hypnotic Donuts. His flavor concoctions include chocolate cake, gooey cinnamon caramel, and maple syrup and bacon. For some added local flair, St. Peter has commissioned a local artist to paint a mural of well-known hippies inside the doughnut and coffee lounge (patrons of Hypnotic Donuts are called “Hyppies”), and locally owned Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters will supply the coffee.

LH artists showcased

The Artists of Texas, a juried group of Texas-based painters, is conducting its third annual Artists of Texas show at the Dutch Art Gallery in Northlake Shopping Center through the end of December. Several of the artists, including Kay Wyne, Niki Gulley and founding member Debbie Grayson, hail from the Lake Highlands area. More than 60 artists are represented in this month’s exhibit and sale, including prize-winning 12-year old artist Anton Zhou.

A street name dramatically changes

Impala, the side street off Skillman that runs near the Dallas Children’s Theater’s Rosewood Center for Family Arts, is now named Theater Way. The change was initiated last month based on a September city council vote. The Rosewood Center, along with the Dee & Charles Wyly Family Garden, has contributed to the development and improvement of the Skillman corridor and believes the new name “gives continuity to a site that attracts families, schools, artists and philanthropists to the Skillman corridor.”

Burgers near Baylor

Stackhouse Burgers recently opened in an old, renovated house on Gaston near Baylor hospital. Old Lake Highlands resident Randy Kienast (a former pro motorcycle racer and current homebuilder, specializing in mid-century modern) is a part owner of the burger joint, which serves up handmade, cooked-to-order burgers, as well as sandwiches and salads.

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