The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

LH couple brings photo booth — and smiles — to the party

With a call or a click, Lake Highlands residents Robyn and Brent Parrott bring their Face-IT Foto Booth to your wedding, school carnival or other special event to get the party started. The booth comes with fun props and costume pieces, and the idea is to get the guests out of their seats, making friends (and silly faces). Party guests walk away with a copy of their pics, but photos will also be given to the bride and groom or the party host, and a memory book can be created for the host to keep. Robyn admits they got the idea from their daughter, Brynn, a 2006 LHHS grad. Brynn works in the event planning industry and says photo booths are all the rage at everything from fancy charity shin-digs to outdoor barbecues. It seems that folks like to mug for the camera, especially if they are wearing a fake mustache and a feather boa.

Face-IT Foto Booth



Bicycle Café to reopen as Lake House

The former café, located at Northwest Highway and West Lawther, is expected to open as Lake House in mid to late November, says John Schmitz who along with business partner Eric Paulsen bought the place after Armando Guerro, who operated the Bicycle Café for less than six months, put it up for sale last June. The new owners promise a menu that is a step above your typical bar’s, a wide selection of beers and signature drinks and a weekend brunch like no other.


Undeveloped land south of NorthPark to become senior housing

Buckner International has acquired the three-acre tract of undeveloped land on the southwest corner of Northwest Highway and Central Expressway with plans to build senior housing. The nonprofit Christian ministry runs orphanages and other senior communities in the area. The land, located just south of NorthPark Center, is the last remnant of the old Caruth family farm, settled in the 1800s.

Buckner International

600 N. Pearl, 214.758.8000


More business bits


1 Urban Spools opened a sewing lounge on North Buckner in the Lake Highlands Village shopping center and is now offering sewing classes and holding a Friday night stitching club.

Urban Spools

718 N. Buckner, 214.810.1176


2 Alfonso’s Italian restaurant, also in Lake Highlands Village, celebrates 30 years in business this month. On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2, owner Pete Columbo will roll back the prices to his original 1982 menu.

Alfonso’s Italian Restaurant

718 N. Buckner, 214.327.7777


3 After five years inside a medical office strip at Skillman near Church, Healing Hands Ministries clinic is moving to a larger facility at Greenville and Royal. The new facilities are expected to open next April.

Healing Hands Ministries



4 WingSpan Theatre Company, which performs regularly at the Bath House Cultural Center, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

WingSpan Theatre



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