There are the obvious choices: the top-notch shopping, the coveted real estate, the tight-knit community. And then there are the less evident but no less dearly loved aspects of our neighborhood. Those are what you will find on this love letter of sorts to Preston Hollow. It’s by no means an extensive list, but we hope that it will rekindle some old flames and perhaps even introduce you to a few new loves.

Inwood Theater and lounge

The Inwood Theater at Lovers and Inwood has been a neighborhood landmark since 1947 — that makes for 60 years as a top venue for independent and foreign films, as well as occasional screenings of classics. But what makes this theater really unique is the Inwood Lounge, a trendy martini bar hosting intellects and film connoisseurs discussing their latest viewing. But the theater wasn’t always such a hotspot. In 1980, a fire substantially damaged the place. A few years ago Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner purchased it and refurbished it with topnotch sound systems and plush leather seats in the screening rooms.

Shopping

We have NorthPark, arguably the city’s best mall, plus the Preston Royal Shopping Center, Preston Center, Inwood Village, the Preston Forest Shopping Center and chic boutiques-a-plenty.

The mural on Forest Lane

The W.T. White class of 1970 painted this mural off Forest and Preston, and 30 years later, the next generation of kids came back to add their touch, making for some very cool art and a very cool neighborhood tradition.

That Country Feeling

Large lots and mature trees make our neighborhood seem more like a small town than part of an ever-expanding metropolis.

Inwood Road

Scores of unique mom-and-pop shops line Inwood near Lovers, but what makes this area of our neighborhood really stand out is that all these businesses operate out of converted old homes, giving them a small-townesque, "Main Street" feel.

Fridays at Perry’s Liquor Store

Stop in for a free wine tasting every Friday afternoon at this liquor store off Walnut Hill and Central Expressway. Now that’s a happy hour.

Christ the King’s church bells

The sound of ringing church bells has a certain old-world charm, and thanks to the nearly 70-year-old Christ the King Catholic church off Colgate and Preston, we get that charm regularly. 

Gooey’s Treats

Just about the only place where a diabetic, lactose-intolerant, overweight Orthodox Jew could get a cone of frozen yogurt and feel really good about it. Yes, Gooey’s offers sugar-free, lactose-free, fat-free, kosher frozen yogurts. We know what you’re thinking: The stuff must taste like tree bark. Wrong. It’s comparable to the regular creamy stuff, with flavors like peanut butter cup, cheesecake, chocolate fudge brownie and peaches & cream. All flavors are made in house, so they’re always experimenting with new tastes. Check out the original location at Preston and Forest, or stop by the new location off Preston near the George Bush Turnpike.

Sunday afternoons at Turtle Creek

Nearby is one of the most scenic neighborhood spots for lazy Sunday afternoons spent lounging creekside. Plus, thanks to the Turtle Creek Association, we have plenty of neighborhood events and the well-kept park to enjoy. 

The hill on Mason Dells Drive

Believe it or not, our neighborhood has some pretty decent treks for bicyclists. Just south of Forest, north of Royal, between Hillcrest and Central Expressway, you’ll find some of Preston Hollow’s best biking — or, for the really brave, skating — on Mason Dells Drive.

The tomato and tea-menades soup at City Café

We know it’s easy enough to open a can of Campbell‘s, but this eatery off Lovers near the Dallas North Tollway might just have the neighborhood’s best tomato soup. Pair it with a thirst-quenching tea-menade: an iced tea/lemonade hybrid.

The JCC

Contrary to what many might assume, you don’t have to be Jewish to join the Jewish Community Center. In fact, every year it hosts more than 1,000 non-Jewish activities. Then there’s the state-of-the-art, 9,000-square-foot fitness center, an indoor and outdoor pool, tons of workout classes, adult and youth sports leagues, theater productions, children’s summer camps and continuing education classes for adults. Phew! After more than 100 years in Preston Hollow, it’s one of our neighborhood’s longest standing institutions.

Live music at Popolo’s

Stop in at this neighborhood eatery off Preston and Royal Wednesday through Saturday night for live jazz and some very yummy bistro-style fare.

Celebrity Status

Come on, who else has Mark Cuban or Ross Perot as neighbors?

Browsing at Bettyann & Jimbo’s Junkadoodle

Preston Hollow isn’t really known for an overly funky vibe, but this shop is every bit as off-beat as what you’d expect to find in Deep Ellum or Oak Lawn. Just off Lovers, west of Inwood Village, the inventory is one part old flea market find, one part hip new conversation piece, and all parts eclectic and cool. 

Southern Methodist University

Whether it’s a free lecture series about an intriguing topic or a free student art show, SMU continues to be the center of neighborhood acculturation.

TJ’s Seafood Market

Finding fresh fish in a landlocked city can be tricky, but thankfully we have TJ’s Seafood Market. The fish market at Preston Forest Shopping Center has fresh catches flown in two to three times daily from ports across the globe, from to . And if cooking seafood isn’t your specialty but you still love the stuff, you can check out TJ’s website, tjsseafood.com, for recipes.

Public school cheerleaders

Nope, not the ones with the pom-poms. When it comes to our public schools, we have some of the most passionate parents out there, even amidst some of Dallas‘ best and biggest private ones.

Easter dog parade on nearby Turtle Creek

Every spring, hundreds of teacup dogs in tiny bonnets and sundresses converge for the annual Easter in the Park Pooch Parade. Whether you’re a proud pooch owner or just there to gawk (OK, and maybe snicker a little), it’s an adorable — and funny — neighborhood tradition.

The Native American Arts Gallery

One of Dallas‘ only all-Native American art gallery, but there’s also more than just art. It host severals neighborhood events, such as Native American story time for kids, and music performances.

Location, location, location

Our neighborhood is centrally located with easy access to Central Expressway, LBJ Freeway and the Dallas North Tollway. Plus we’re near enough to White Rock Lake‘s peacefulness and downtown’s hustle and bustle that both are a quick car (or bike) ride.

Refresh Spa

You might not expect to find a legit spa the same place you buy toilet paper and dog food, but don’t write off Refresh. It’s inside the new Whole Foods Market at the Preston Forest Shopping Center and offers everything from quick five-minute aromatherapy treatments to hour-long deep tissue massages. Plus there are nutritional counseling services, meals to go, and shopping services that will do your grocery shopping while you get a massage. Hmmm, walk in for a massage, walk out with your grocery shopping done? Suddenly, the weekly grocery shopping doesn’t seem like such a chore.

Katy Trail

The three-and-a-half-mile trail is a favorite for neighborhood joggers, bicyclists and stroller-toting moms. The Katy follows a major railroad route built in 1887 but shut down after years of transporting passengers and freight to the East Coast. By the late 1990s, the railroad tracks were converted into the trail we know today. 

Greek Food Festival

Every fall, the nearby Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Far North Dallas hosts the city’s largest and oldest Greek Food Festival. The three-day celebration features live music, dancing, crafts, cooking demos and, of course, lots and lots of delicious Greek food. Opa!

Saturday mornings at Walnut Hill Park

Stop by this park of Midway and Walnut Hill on a Saturday morning, and there’s a good chance you’ll catch the Dallas Dog and Disc Club practicing in one of the fields. And these pups put on a pretty cool show because these dogs get some serious air when they jump for that Frisbee.


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