The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

New antique mall in town

City View Antique Mall

City View Antique Mall

City View Antique Mall opened in the fall and held a grand opening event in May. The popular shop, owned by Lake Highlands resident Ellen Paulsen, relocated to Lake Highlands from the Design District. More than 50 independent dealers scour estate sales and antique markets to fill City View’s 13,000 square feet with furniture, art, glassware, primitives, and European and American antiques. 6830 WALLING LANE, 214.824.4136

Single-family home development

The property at the corner of Church and Skillman has been sold to Lake Highlands resident Stephen Davis of MasterPlan Development. Davis plans to build single-family homes on the property. The land has been a source of contention over the years as neighbors loudly expressed an unwillingness to allow the construction of more multifamily development there — based on the zoning of the property, which essentially called for multifamily use, it looked like more apartments, or at least a multifamily senior living community, was going to be inevitable. But several Lake Highlands residents, who also happen to be experts in certain areas concerning real estate and zoning, fought hard for something else and were successful. Both Prescott Realty Group, developer of the Lake Highlands Town Center, and Forest Meadow Baptist Church owned the land before Davis purchased it. The sale to him was based hugely on the ability to get the land rezoned for single-family residences, which was no easy feat. Bill Blaydes, the former District 10 councilman who represented Davis in the purchase, says resident Realtor Peggy Hill and her team at Nathan Grace Realtors, also based here, served as “the catalyst that got this five-year journey over the hump and made it happen.” Hill says Davis is a great guy who already has builders lined up to begin construction on 37 single-family homes.

Loved ones remembered

Faith Presbyterian Hospice hosted a butterfly release to honor the memory of lost ones. The event was held in the picturesque setting of the future home of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center on Merit Drive. Speakers included Godwin Dixon, president and CEO of Presbyterian Communities and Services; the Rev. Dr. Charles R. Traylor; Valerie Sanchez, director of bereavement and integrated therapies; and Mary Izak, chaplain. 4350 Sigma Rd., 972.239.5300


Business bits

1. Studio Movie Grill donated funds from ticket sales of a special showing of Iron Man 3 to the West Volunteer Fire Department Relief Fund to help families affected by the explosion in West on April 17. 11170 N. Central, 214.361.2966

2. Gecko True Value hardware and eco-friendly garden center opened last month in Northlake Shopping Center, in the former Dollar Tree spot. 10233 Northwest #409, 214.343.1971

3. Krups, a national coffee and espresso appliance company, recently named White Rock Coffee Krups Best Brew of Dallas, beating out finalists Mokah Coffee Bar, Murray Street Coffee, Crooked Tree Coffeehouse and Zaguan Bakery. 10105 Northwest, 214.341.4774