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Houses for Lake Highlands

Lake Highlands could soon see a new crop of single-family dwellings at 8501 Plano. A rezoning application filed in January indicates new-home builders David Weekly Homes will request permission to put 85 units on the seven or so acres that once housed the Northwest Terrace apartments. Those apartments were razed several years ago to make way for Churchill Estates, a luxury living community for seniors. The remaining seven-and-a-half-acre patch has been on the market ever since.

David Weekly Homes,


Five years of life-saving service

Healing Hands Ministries in January celebrated five years in operation on Skillman near Church. This spring the charity medical and dental clinic will move into a larger facility at Greenville and Royal.

Healing Hands Ministries, 7475 Skillman (until spring 2013), 214.221.0855,


Sweet and tangy music

Advocate writer Carol Toler fortuitously learned, recently, that the Dallas Banjo Band plays the first Saturday of every month from 11 a.m.-noon at Back Country Bar-B-Q on Greenville. “I stepped in Saturday for lunch and accidentally stumbled into another era,” Toler notes. It all started when the band’s rehearsal studio closed for remodeling and Back Country let them use the restaurant to practice. The patrons seemed to like it. The rest is history.

Dallas Banjo Band,

Back Country Bar-B-Q, 6940 Greenville, 214.696.6940,


Antique store show

The antique addict’s dream come true, City View Antique Mall, is open in Lake Highlands. The former Design District store featuring various vendors’ wares is located near Skillman-Abrams, behind Jake’s. Not only is this a one-of-a-kind spot to browse and buy, but it also offers an opportunity for local artists and collectors to set up shop. According to owners, floor space is still available for $75 a month. City View is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

City View Antique Mall, 6830 Walling, 214.824.4136,


Pool guy

Lifetime Lake Highlands resident Tim Hall, a graduate of Moss Haven Elementary, Forest Meadow Junior High and Lake Highlands High School, has started a small business called DFW Pool Chemical, which delivers commercial-grade pool chemicals to homes. “It’s safe, easy, convenient, and it saves time,” Hall says. “With just a few mouse clicks, a person can purchase their pool chemicals and have it delivered to their home the next day.” Become a DFW Pool Chemical fan on Facebook for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

DFW Pool Chemical, 214.215.4949,


Furniture replaced with convenience

Demolition of the former Adams Office Furniture store has made way for construction of a new QuickTrip gas station and convenience store at the corner of Royal and LBJ. Adams moved down the block and across LBJ. The family business has been around for almost 20 years. Owner Pat, wife Linda and son Jason sell new and pre-owned office furniture to home and business owners.

Adams Office Furniture, 10202 Miller, 214.348.4741,


The new Lucky Ducky Dogs food truck

The new Lucky Ducky Dogs food truck

Lucky dogs in drive

Lake Highlands entrepreneur Marshall Hayes, who owns Lucky Ducky Car Wash and Lucky Ducky Oil and Lube on Audelia — perhaps the only such place where you can watch mechanics work on your engine via a “Pit Cam” — recently put his gourmet sausage and hot dog business on the road in his, you guessed it, Lucky Ducky Dogs food truck. Follow the truck on your preferred social media site: or

Lucky Ducky Car Wash, Oil and Lube, 10710 Audelia, 214.553.9460,