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Consumers love the gift of laughter

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts — a tiny shop that opened in a relatively rundown shopping strip in Lake Highlands in 2008 — doesn’t carry a thing anyone needs, but shoppers can’t seem to get enough of the fun products they want. If goofy, sassy or sentimental products alone fail to fill customers with good cheer, the charismatic store owners Tony Doles and David Farris, Lake Highlands residents, won’t. Despite opening their first T. Hee boutique on the eve, practically, of the economic slump, the duo has managed to thrive. They opened a second store in Lakewood in 2010, and last month opened a third location in Preston Hollow, on Luther Lane in Preston Center.

T. Hee Greetings and Gifts
9661 Audelia

Have a seat

Lake Highlands resident Jason Moore just celebrated two years in business making custom bicycle seat covers. Recovered Saddle repairs worn seats, replicates styles that are out of circulation and, if you like, will outfit your saddle with funky fabrics or hard-to-find material.

Recovered Saddle

Lake House looks more like a house now

Local restaurateurs John Schmitz and Eric Paulsen, with the help of consultant and designer Cory Pope, have updated the façade of the former, short-lived Bicycle Café and plan to open Lake House restaurant in its place this month.

Lake House
7510 E. Northwest Hwy.

Entrepreneurs roll out new entertainment concept

SMU grads and White Rock area-based entrepreneurs Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz recently opened Bowl & Barrel, an upscale bowling alley, at The Shops at Park Lane. The contemporary bowlatorium features a menu designed by chef Sharon Hage of York Street fame, 15 lanes, a “modern Americana tavern” and a beer hall.

Bowl & Barrel
8084 Park Lane #145

Free GED prep program

Everest College of Dallas recently announced Everest GED Advantage, a GED test-preparation program that is free and open to the public. To enroll in Everest GED Advantage, participants must be at least 18 years old and pass an assessment test. The program is free and there is no obligation to enroll in any Everest degree or diploma program.

Everest College
6080 N. Central Expressway

Neighborhood hospital has heart expertise

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake received the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that the hospital has reached the goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology. The hospital also recently received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on improving cardiovascular care. Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
9440 Poppy Drive

More business bits  

White Rock Abbey restaurant and bar is open at the northwest corner of Peavy and Garland, near White Rock Lake.

White Rock Abbey
9909 Garland Road

The longstanding self-serve car wash at East Northwest Highway and Lake Highlands Drive is gone, and Kroger is finishing construction on a fueling station that will take its place.