The Advocate has been part of our neighborhood for nearly 30 years. Lots of our loyal readers run small businesses that are facing crippling financial issues now. As a small business ourselves, we know where you’re coming from, and we want to do our part to support your business.

This is a free special section to promote locally owned businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

When all of this is over, we want your business standing strong. When all of this is over, the Advocate will be here, too.

Better Business Bureau

Boss Club – Entrepreneurship Kits for Kids

Camp Gladiator

Casita Tex Mex

Dallas Art Fair

Design by Kimberly Vaughan

Exceptional Pet Sitting

Frankly Good Food

Getting it Done Organizing

Gibb Agency Insurance

Haute Sweets Patisserie

Hawken Acupuncture/ Light the Phoenix Life Coaching

Jewish Community Center

Lawn Care

Local Resident Realty

MoMo Italian Kitchen

Nature’s Plate

Stone Age Granite Dallas

StoneCraft of Dallas

Sylvan Learning Center of Dallas

Unleavened Fresh Kitchen

Vector Brewing

Villages of Lake Highlands

Watkins Remodeling




Boss Club provides business kits for 7-14 year olds that contain everything needed to start a small business. Choose from homemade dog treats, gourmet cake pops or luxury bath bombs. Each kit comes with the pre-measured raw ingredients, packaging and marketing materials to make around $40-50 in sales and learn the basics of a small business. It’s like a sophisticated lemonade stand with an actual curriculum, and it’s the perfect educational activity for kids to complete at home while school is postponed!

Camp Gladiator started right here in East Dallas with just a few cones and a spot at Tietze Park. Their founder started positively impacting lives 11 years ago and today has expanded to 3500 locations nationwide. They are offering virtual workouts to all who want to stay healthy and keep moving during this time we are asked to isolate ourselves.

Join their Four-week challenge and get over 10 workouts for $19 (a $125 value). 

Casita Tex Mex Bar & Grill has been in existence since the 1960s, and is a minority, woman-owned business with a loyal following. This restaurant is part of the community and also contributes to our Veterans by providing them with a meal on the first Tuesday of every month. They are providing take-out, curbside deliveries and catering, and they would love to work with anyone needing our services. For catering options, call Lauren Valles at 214-779-2973. She will be happy to discuss with you all that they can do for any company looking to feed their employees or customers thru take-out, delivery, curbside and catering.

offering take out, delivery, catering, and curbside

The Dallas Art Fair started in 2009. We are a contemporary international art fair that brings galleries from all over the world to Dallas for one week. It is an incredible moment of culture and commerce and makes our city and local arts scene shine. We had to postpone our annual April event until October 2020. We have created an online fair that is live from April 14 – 23 in an effort to still bring art and joy to our community.

Their online art fair runs from April 14 – 23.

Design by Kimberly Vaughan is a Dallas-based, professional full-service interior design firm specializing in turnkey solutions and consultation for large and small residential spaces with attention to detail, budget, and project management from a simple makeover to a complete renovation: “It’s about you and the way you live”. They provide personalized services that are functional, comfortable, lasting and practical, creating design for every budget to enhance your home. By working together, you will develop beautiful, warm and inviting spaces. Establish a plan that fits your lifestyle and budget, providing options to build your dream home.

My special is summer reduced rates for design and renovations.

Owner Damaine de Wit-Guzman had been a part-time pet sitter while working as a vet tech when he decided to open Exceptional Pet Sitting. He is committed to providing exceptional animal care for your furry family. He is Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and has 20 years of combined experience in veterinary medicine and pet care. His goal is providing peace of mind by caring for your pets, your home and all of your possessions!

I’m running a 10% off new client special.

Frankly Good Food makes vegan cookies and treats to sell at the Good Local Markets and the Dallas Farmers Market. While markets are postponed, they are offering local delivery for just $10 for any orders under $50. Delivery is free in the local area for any orders over $50. Check out their website for online ordering and deliveries.

Offering local delivery for just $10 for any orders under $50. Delivery is free in the local area for any orders over $50.

Order and beauty in the home brings you peace. The Getting it Done Organizing team wants to help you achieve that peace in your home and simplicity in your life through organization. They specialize in creating aesthetic and functional systems that work for you in your home. They understand the realities of today’s busy family and want to help you find more calm, more time, and more peace in your daily lives. In-Person and Virtual Organizing available.

The Gibb Agency has been in operation since 1989. The original Gibb Agency was opened in Tyler, TX by Gilbert Gibb, and daughter Susana Gibb brought the business to Dallas. Our job is insurance, and we have a passion for developing relationships with our clients. We are here to help protect what matters most to our clients and we want to do it for years to come. We want to provide you with such a positive experience that you pass along the Gibb Agency name to your friends and family so that we can take care of them too.

Pastry Chef Tida Pichakron and her team of extremely talented artisans create exquisite pastries, desserts, cakes, cookies, French Macarons and more at their charming Old Lake Highlands kitchen. Tida and her husband are L Street neighbors dedicated to enriching the lives, and palates, of East Dallas through their philanthropy, volunteerism, and community engagement. “Especially during these trying times, we are focused on providing the community, our staff, and our fellow businesses with economic and emotional support. We just want to make everyone’s day a little sweeter,” Tida says.

We need support more than ever in these times, and I offer many options. Whether you want in-person acupuncture for pain, stress, or anxiety, Chinese Herbal Medicine to bolster your immunity, treat the symptoms of a viral infection, or work on overall health, or want more emotional and mental support through Coaching and Mindfulness Meditation, I can help. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist and Nationally Board Certified Chinese Herbalist (NCCAOM).and I’ve been in private practice in Dallas since 2005. I am a Certified Life Coach, a member of the International Coach Federation, and a Mindfulness Meditation teacher. At this time I’m taking even more precautions than usual in my office to make sure patients coming for acupuncture are safe – among other things I have insituted a 15 minute buffer between patients, so no one is in the waiting room when a patient arrives or departs. Surfaces have always been disinfected regularly. As an herbalist, I offer Remote Herbal Consultations and can either ship the precribed herbal formulas or patients can do a “no contact” pick up. All Life Coaching is done by phone, and I am starting to offer meditation classes online through video conferencing. Call me for detailed info on any service, or to discuss how I might help you.

Consults by video conferencing. We also have Gift Certificates available for future treatments. Call 972-804-9113 for more information.

The Aaron Family Jewish Community Center of Dallas brings the community together by providing state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional programs in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture.

Local Resident Realty is a residential real estate company specializing in Lake Highlands and East Dallas neighborhoods. They’re not a big box company, but rather a company of five owners, five equal partners with five families. They have many homes on the market right now that the seller needs to move – maybe for work, financial reasons, schools, etc. They will be doing virtual tours, photo montages and marketing on our facebook and instagram. They have each been social distancing and will happily meet you for showings with hand sanitizer ready. Rates are at an all time low, so now is an amazing time to buy! There are also still active buyers in the market so don’t hesitate to call us if selling is in your future. There is no better time to get your 2020 real estate action plan together. With Love – The LOCALS { Amy, Beth, Glen, Jason and Robin}

Momo’s Italian Kitchen has been a staple in Lake Highlands for 34 years. They’ve been serving up Northern Italian fare for the neighborhood ever since.

MoMo Italian Kitchen is offering To Go and Delivery. First Curbside to go call us at 972-234-6800 to place your order. Food, beer and wine available (we are working on on-line ordering). We are offering retail pricing on wine and beer comparable to store pricing.  When you arrive call and we will run it out to your car. We are also offering delivery two ways to help keep our servers busy. They are helping out by delivering food, beer and wine to your door, this is somewhat limited with time constraints but if we are unable to deliver from in house we are also working with Favor for delivery they are waiving all fees to restaurants at this time.

Sisters Annette and Marianne live in Lake Highlands and started their business five years ago. They create plant-based meals-to-go. They are continuing to fulfill their mission by providing healthy food for the community while also keeping their employees fully scheduled and paid. They offer ealthy, immune-boosting ingredients. Their kitchen is fully operational and produces the same wide variety each week with increased attention to sanitation processes. Offering delivery and curbside pick-up.

We offer plant-based meals to-go with healthy, immune-boosting ingredients. Our kitchen is fully operational and producing the same wide variety each week with increased attention to sanitation processes. Offering delivery and curbside pick up

Welcome to Stone Age Granite & Remodeling — rocking your house since 1999. They look forward to helping you rebuild, or build from scratch, your dream kitchen, bath and outdoor kitchens.

Financing options are available.

StoneCraft of Dallas is dedicated to the fabrication and installation of custom countertops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Whether you are a homeowner or a homebuilder, a contractor or a designer, a real estate developer, real estate investor or Realtor … they can help with your project. The owner grew up with her grandparents, and her grandfather was a woodworker. He spent much of his time building furniture in his workshop. She would go out there and mess around trying to build something. Now, she has a passion for the art of stone and helping families put their kitchen, bathroom or unique creation back together.

I will be including a free standard stainless steel sink or 2 bathroom sinks.

Sylvan Learning Center is serving the community (virtual tutoring as well as on-site tutoring) to help with remedial as well as supplemental education to students. In addition, they also support families with homework support as well as STEM programs to equip them with as much experience and knowledge as possible. With Sylvan, you can sit at home and relax while your kid is being prepped in the right direction with our virtual tutoring program or on-site tutoring.
Unleavened has loved being a member of the community since 2015. Locally owned and operated, they look forward to serving you and your families during this difficult time.
Vector Brewing is a neighborhood brewpub now open in the heart of Lake Highlands in the newly renovated Lakeridge shopping center. We like to keep things exciting and fresh, which is why we’re always brewing something new to enjoy. You’ll also find a selection of great wines, cider, kombucha, and other non-alcoholic, gluten free beverages to enjoy. And of course, what pairs better with a great beer than a freshly made, artisanal pizza? At Vector, we pride ourselves on creating a variety of memorable, hand-tossed pizzas out of our stone deck ovens, as well as fresh salads and share plates for all who visit. We feature plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as kid-friendly menu items that are sure to please.
Villages of Lake Highlands is a locally-owned senior living community where dedicated medical professionals and compassionate care givers provide a broad spectrum of healthcare services in a setting of refined elegance. Their extensive array of services, thoughtful amenities, superior dining and beautiful décor are all specifically designed to provide a soothing environment that makes resident stays more comfortable and family visits more enjoyable.
Watkins Remodeling has 15 years of experience serving our community. They offer kitchen and bath remodeling, full home remodeling and additions.

Contact us for a free estimate.